International food industry giant the OSI Group has grown significantly since hiring their now president and COO David McDonald 30 years ago. In that time, McDonald has proven to be a valuable asset to the company. The Iowa State University grad brought more than just his degree in animal science to the company. He has also displayed a wide ranging skillset that has helped the company improve systems, increase the variety of their product offerings and establish themselves as a food service industry leader in the creation, production and delivery of meat, fish, poultry, vegetable and dough products.
Although David McDonald spent his formative years on a farm in Iowa, he has displayed a worldliness and an understanding of international business that has made him an exceptional business executive. His ability to work productively with the OSI Group’s diverse staff as well as government agencies and local food supplies all around the world has been essential to the OSI Group’s successful growth and expansion. He has displayed an amazing knack for connecting with and understanding the needs of consumers from a variety of countries and cultures. That has helped his company’s products to enjoy global appeal.
Not only has McDonald risen through the ranks at the OSI Group, he has also held positions of power with the North American Meat Institute and many other organizations. A loving husband and father, McDonald has raised six children, made valuable contributions to his church and his community and received several awards for the assistance he has provided to the people and programs at Iowa State University. Amazingly, he has been able to do all of that while handling positions of increasing responsibility at the OSI Group. Hiring him has proven to be a wise move for the company.
One area in which David McDonald has been particularly impactful is in helping the OSI Group establish a growing presence in China over the past 20 years. With his help, the company has built 10 poultry processing facilities and is now China’s leading poultry processor. The OSI Group now also provides food products for fast food companies like McDonald’s, Subway, Starbucks, Pizza Hut and others doing business in China. David McDonald has also played a seminal role in the acquisition of Baho Foods, Flagship Europe and other companies that increased the OSI Group’s influence in Europe, Asia, Australia and North, Central and South America.
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