In three decades of excellence at the OSI Group, David McDonald has risen from an entry level project manager to become the president and chief operating officer of one of the world’s leading food processing companies. Born in Iowa, McDonald grew up on a farm. He then attended Iowa State University where he was an excellent student. In his senior year in 1987, David McDonald won the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award. After graduating later that year with a bachelor’s degree in animal science, David McDonald accepted an entry-level position with the OSI Group.
That decision transformed David McDonald’s life and led the OSI Group to a greater level of success. McDonald’s expertise includes operations management, quality assurance, food safety, product development and supply chain management. Within a short time his knowledge of the industry grew and he was able to use his excellent communications skills to work closely with the governments, suppliers and customers. He was also able to handle even the most technical and complicated issues the OSI Group faced as they expanded into new markets all around the world.
David McDonald played a major role in helping the OSI Group become China’s leading poultry processor. He has overseen the construction of 10 poultry processing facilities in the country by creating valuable partnerships. McDonald said his most satisfying moment was building the company’s newest facility in China. It took lots of time and effort, a large investment and finding the right location and the raw materials necessary to get the job done. Building the facility also required an understanding of the local culture. David McDonald was able to provide large scale solutions to the problems the company encountered.
Helping the company remain flexible, establishing solid relationships and surpassing customer expectations has enabled David McDonald to help the OSI Group to gain a foothold in many new markets. He also helped acquire Baho Foods to increase the company’s customer base in Europe. His exemplary work with local marketers keeps their activities flowing smoothly. David McDonald has made it easier for the OSI Group process food products and provide them to major companies throughout the world. This helped make the company a global juggernaut in the food services industry.
A husband and father of six, David McDonald lives in Warrenville, Illinois. He’s also very active in St. Michael Parish and is on the North American Meat Institute’s directorial board.
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