Although he is from a small town in Iowa and came from a farming background, David McDonald has played a vital role in helping Illinois based food processing company the OSI Group into a very successful global brand. Few anticipated that the Iowa State University graduate the company hired in 1987 would have such a dramatic impact on the company’s push to reach out to the international market. McDonald’s ability to use his degree in animal science and communication and organizational skills to enable the company to excel has been of great benefit and led to him becoming Chief Operating Officer and president.
McDonald has played an important role in helping the OSI Group to add both UK based Flagship Europe and Dutch owned Baho Foods to the company’s expanding food services empire. David McDonald also helped the company purchase a former Tyson Foods production facility in Chicago to boost domestic production. Plus, his talent for connecting to suppliers and customers in a vast array of foreign countries has made it possible for the OSI Group to produce food products specifically designed to suit the unique tastes of their culturally diverse customer base in the over 85 countries they serve.
Working with foreign governments and his ability to handle infrastructure and technical issues with aplomb has made David McDonald a key player in the OSI Group’s international expansion. His work in building 10 food processing facilities in China has allowed the company to capture a large and growing portion of this lucrative market. McDonald has even helped the OSI Group to garner agreements to provide McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Subway and other American fast food companies doing business in China with the poultry, meat, vegetable and dough products they need.
Married with 6 children, Iowa native David McDonald now lives in Warrenville, Illinois. He is very active in the church community and remains very much involved with Iowa State University. He regularly donates to the school’s scholarship fund, works with their Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and has two children attending ISU. In addition to his many duties at the OSI Group, David McDonald is also the board chairman of the North American Meat Institute. In his more than 31 years of professional service, David McDonald has proven that as a small-town farm boy he had the skills and preparation to help his company ascend to the top of the international food processing industry.
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