The president and COO of the food processing giant the OSI Group is Iowa native and Iowa State University graduate David McDonald. McDonald has been with the company since 1987 and has played an important role in the growth of the OSI Group. When he joined the company, the OSI Group’s focus was on providing meat patties for McDonald’s all around the country. The company was also producing and packaging meat products for restaurants, supermarkets, private labels and name brand companies in the United States. David McDonald helped the OSI Group become a force in the international food service industry.
David McDonald’s diverse skillset has made him very valuable to the OSI Group. Those skills include strategic planning, product development, supply chain management, food science, budgets and operations management. Those skills were crucially important as the OSI Group began to expand into the international market and David McDonald got more and more responsibilities. He was deeply involved in the OSI Group’s processing and packaging food products for major companies located all around the world. The company now has over 70 food processing facilities in more than 20 countries.
To make sure the OSI Group was able to succeed in the global marketplace, David McDonald has worked to establish solid relationships with government agencies, local suppliers, workers and customers. He learns about the dietary preferences of the people in the culture group they are attempting to serve to deliver products they will love. McDonald was also charged with solving many of the complex infrastructure and technical issues the OSI Group faced regularly. His work with the OSI Group’s logistics team helped the company adapt to the global food industry’s rapid and constantly changes.
Very proud of his alma mater Iowa State University, where he earned a BA in animal science, David McDonald remains involved with the school. He donates to the scholarship fund, works with the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and helped set up an internship program at the OSI Group for ISU students. A husband and father of 6, two of McDonald’s children attend Iowa State University and friends say they’re certain the other four will attend the school as well.
In addition to his work at the OSI Group, David McDonald also volunteers to work in Wheaton, Illinois’s St. Michael Parish. He is the North American Meat Institute’s board chairman and McDonald is also a Marfrig Global Foods independent director.
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