In the three decades Iowa native David McDonald has been working with the OSI Group, the company has made some key acquisitions and grown tremendously. When McDonald was hired by the company in 1987, the OSI Group was in the early stages of transforming itself into a major force in the international food processing industry. When Sheldon Lavin took over Illinois based Otto & Sons in the early 1980s and changed its name to the OSI Group, the company was primarily known as a regional meat processor. It supplied McDonald’s with beef patties and provided supermarkets and restaurant with quality cuts of meats. But that would soon change and David McDonald played a major role.
A brilliant student at Iowa State University, David McDonald graduated with a degree in animal science. He also won the school’s Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award. But McDonald had many other talents as well. Having grown up on a farm, he gained unique insights into food processing. Plus, he had excellent communications and technical skills that would prove to be a valuable asset to the company. Hired as an entry-level project manager, David McDonald has used his diverse skillset to help the company make crucial inroads into lucrative markets around the world. His excellent work has led the company to promote him to president and Chief Operating Officer.
Since David McDonald joined the OSI Group the company has built 10 processing plants in China, expanded into India, Australia, South and Central America and established a presence in Europe. To increase their European customer base, McDonald helped the company acquire Netherlands based Baho Foods and UK based Flagship Europe. He also helped the OSI Group increase its production and processing capacity in the United States by acquiring a 200,000 square foot former Tyson Foods processing plant located in Chicago and used innovation and acquisition to expand pork, chicken and beef production capacity in the Philippines and Spain.
Some of the responsibilities David McDonald has at the OSI Group include negotiating with suppliers and governmental agencies in foreign countries and helping to create products to meet the culturally sensitive tastes of the company’s growing global customer base. He’s also the person they call on to handle technical infrastructure issues. David McDonald has helped to dramatically expand the portfolio of products and brands the company offers and has helped to make its global expansion efforts very successful.
To Read More Click Here