David McDonald has worked for the OSI Group, a major international food processing company, for more than 30 years. Currently the company’s president and COO, the Iowa State University graduate has played a major role in the company’s growth and helped to put its award-winning environmental sustainability policies in place. McDonald, who has a BS in animal science, was raised on an Iowa farm. That background has made him a valuable addition to the OSI Group staff. Since joining the company in 1987, he has received several promotions culminating in him being named company president.
McDonald is married and has 6 children. The Iowa native and his family currently live in Warrenville, Illinois. The headquarters of the OSI Group is in Aurora, Illinois. David McDonald is a staunch supporter of the activities taking place on the Iowa State University campus. He is involved in the school’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, funded scholarships for Alpha Gamma Rho, his college fraternity, and arranged for ISU students to visit the OSI Group facilities in China. In 2004, the Alumni Association of Iowa State University gave David McDonald their Young Alumni Award.
Several organizations have given David McDonald leadership positions because of his vast experience in international business and the food processing industry. He heads the North American Meat Institute board of directors, is a Marfrig Global Foods independent director and was director of OSI International Foods which is located in Australia. Since McDonald has been with the OSI Group, the company has expanded a great deal internationally. They now have more than 70 processing facilities and a significant presence in China, India and Europe. The company recently acquired Flagship Europe and the Dutch food services company Baho Foods.
McDonald recently explained that even though the OSI Group is a global company, a major reason for their success internationally is that they have local management teams. Those teams understand the local culture in the places they do business and pay close attention to the dietary preferences of the local population. This enables the OSI Group to think globally, use their size to make sure their facilities are efficient, while acting locally when it comes to creating solutions to and addressing the challenges they face in each local market.
Now the largest poultry processor in China, David McDonald says the OSI Group has focused on China because the country is the world’s largest growing consumer market.
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