David McDonald was raised on a farm in Iowa. It was no surprise when he went on to pursue a degree in animal science. As an alumnus from Iowa State University, David McDonald remains active with the school. He contributes to the scholarship fund and helps the students by being involved in making internships available to them at OSI Group. David McDonald has been awarded for his work in the alumni association and also for his philanthropic work.
Working at OSI as a project manager was David McDonald’s first job after graduating from Iowa State University. He is the company’s current president and chief operating officer. OSI Group is a meat processing company based in Illinois. When the business first opened, they were a butcher shop then it grew to become supplier to McDonald’s restaurants. Within the last twenty years the company has expanded into the large international corporation it is today. In 2016 it earned a ranking of 58 on Forbes list as being among the largest privately owned U.S. company. Their products include bacon, fish, and other meats. The company has operations in seventeen countries with around sixty-five processing facilities. They supply to restaurants domestically and overseas including Subway and Starbucks in China.
His experience and knowledge has led him to play a key role in the company’s expansion to China. The company has acquired Baho Foods and Creative Foods Europe which help them with growing in the European market. The company has also expanded into other foods and do not only focus on the meat products that started the company. OSI Group has partnered with Nation Pizza and Foods in the domestic market. They are expanding to include frozen entrées and even tofu products. By acquiring other companies and by partnerships the company continues to grow both domestically and overseas. The company also cares about the environment. Their facilities adhere to environmental standards and are certified by LEED, they are energy efficient and meet green standards. David McDonald’s leadership will definitely help the company continue to grow. The company attributes their success to continuously making improvements and anticipating consumer needs and staying ahead of their competition.