In 1909, Otto & Sons began as small meat shop in Illinois, today the company is one of the biggest frozen food and meat distributors worldwide and also one of the largest private firms. The success of OSI is to a great extent due to the leadership of Sheldon Lavin and David McDonald. David is currently the COO and President of OSI Group. He believes that for the firm to ensure customer satisfaction, the company must be global-minded, but act local just like OSI’s dominant partner, McDonald’s.
David has been an integral part of OSI for over three decades. He and Sheldon the current CEO and chairman of OSI Group have been with the firm almost as long as the founders, sons of Otto Kolshowsky have. With Lavin at the wheel and McDonald by his side, the duo has managed to create OSI Group’s international empire. With more than 200,000 employees and 60 operational facilities in 17 countries, OSI is quickly scaling the ranks among the biggest private companies around the globe, taking the 58th position in 2016. The company’s revenue rose to 6.1 billion dollars in 2016 and extended its international operations considerably by merging and procuring Tyson Foods Chicago plant, Flagship Europe and Baho Foods located in the Netherlands.
David McDonald graduated in 1987 from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. He joined OSI and quickly scaled the heights to COO and President. David believes that an international company cannot function on a single strategy, the reason why OSI Group has continually adjusted to its setting. In 2016, OSI purchased various large food and meat distributors in Europe, for instance, it bought Baho Foods, a Dutch food producer with five companies and runs in 18 European nations. This acquisition has kept the philosophy of David McDonald intact to maintain things local. According to David, the procurement of Baho Foods which has six decades of industry experience expanded the presence of OSI Group in Europe, significantly improving the range of products offered by the company.
By growing together with its partners such as Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and all its customers, OSI has managed to continually exceed expectations and offer the best services and products across the globe. This growth also involves enhancing its manufacturing capabilities and productive efficiency to increase production and reduce its environmental impact as well. In 2016, OSI Industries in the United Kingdom won itself the Globe of Honour award for the third time. This award is an outstanding UK prize for those firms who have exceptional environmental initiatives and practices.
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