David McDonald, OSI Group’s President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), was raised on a farm in Northeast Iowa. This Iowa State University alumnus earned his degree in Animal Science and graduated in 1987. Owing to his diligence he received the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award. On graduating, he joined OSI Group in Chicago and has consistently scaled ranks by gaining expertise through unrelenting persistence. Today, OSI Group is an international premier supplier of a wide array of food products for retail brands and food services.
In his ongoing term as COO and President, he has made tremendous contributions to OSI’s revolutionary status. Expansion into Hungary and Geneva materialized under his leadership. Followed by, large-scale set up of poultry processing farms in China, which exponentially increased production. Furthermore, he accomplished construction of a frozen foods processing plant in India, and a beef processing plant in Poland.
David McDonald has broadened OSI Group’s capabilities and markets through the acquisition of Tyson Foods and Baho Food. Tyson Foods, a leading multinational food corporation, which stood out as an innovator through its recipes and products was purchased in June 2016. Later the same year, Baho Foods, a Dutch food processing company, catering to Netherlands and Germany’s retail food industry, was added to OSI. McDonald believes that this acquisition further enhanced OSI’s prominence in Europe’ market and invaluable expertise of retained employees was incorporated.
He worked as a project manager before being added to OSI’s Board of Directors. Therefore, allowing him to develop a profound knowledge of all company related aspects. Consequently, McDonald encouraged collaboration of their in-house team and regional managers. Regional managers understand tastes and cultures of local customers, and in-house teams design products according to these preferences.
In an interview, David McDonald revealed that he had been immensely interested in agriculture and biology as a child. Hence he majored in Animal Science and joined OSI, a company specializing in food services and products. He shares OSI’s vision of surpassing customer’s expectations, subsequently devising flexible solutions to manifest their goals.
He attributes his success to OSI’s ability to create and maintaining invaluable partnerships. Additionally, every facility is customized to imbibe local culture and create high-quality cost-effective products to meet customer requirements. With every individual location‘s success, OSI Group’s overall success is amplified. McDonald also acknowledges every employee’s can-do ethic and entrepreneurial passion which aids their evolution. For David McDonald, the success of their Chinese facilities is his proudest moment since it represents the time and effort invested in this country.
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