David McDonald: From Iowa Farmboy To The OSI Group’s President
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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SHELDON LAVIN THE SOCIABLE OSI GROUP CEO
Being the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of the OSI Group, LLC, and the President of the OSI International Foods Limited, which is a daughter company of the OSI Group, Mr. Sheldon Lavin has a rich background in the meat and food value addition industry. He studied finance and accounting which made him get involved in the financing of the Otto and Sons, a business of the Kolschowsky family located in the West of Chicago, in the year 1970. Sheldon Lavin then dedicated himself to the success of the Otto and Sons business which led to him being promoted to a company owner. His main focus at the time was to turn Otto and Sons into a world class food processor from the then local meat business. The business name was later changed to OSI Industries after which it was changed to the current OSI Group.
Currently, OSI Group, LLC, has physical locations in over 17 countries together with more than 70 facilities courtesy of Sheldon Lavins entrepreneurial mindset. Apart from the initial production of protein products only, the company also produces baked goods, vegetable items as well as some specific sauces. This progress has been achieved through Sheldon Lavins culture of running the company as a family allowing the employees to share their entrepreneurial ideas with the top management openly without it replacing the company rules, levels of responsibility, strategies as well as budgetary limits. The family culture approach strengthens loyalty and commitment to both the upper and middle level management as well as the employees. To support the culture, the CEO keeps his office open to all, the staff take lunch together in the corporate office and they discourse each other using their first names.
Sheldon Lavins vision has been seeing the company becoming more profitable and shining in the global market. Recently, the India Vision World Academy accorded him a Global Visionary Award an award that is given to visionary individuals from different fields who through determination and perseverance have made their dreams a reality. Sheldon Lavin achieved this by making OSI Group worldwide multibillion dollar company with presence in many countries including India which is served by the OSI-Vista processed foods which processes vegetables, fruits and meat. OSI Group has also been awarded with environmental as well as sustainability awards under Sheldons leadership. Sheldon Lavin also takes part in charities such as the Ronald McDonald house charities and is also proud of the path he took in his career as it has made him capable of taking good care of his family as well as the community through charities and the OSI Group itself.
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