When David McDonald was born on a humble farm located in Northeast Iowa, neither him nor his family had any idea that he one day gain monumental success in the in the food processing industry. However, it was not a surprise that he chose to major in Animal Science at Iowa State University because he knew from a young age he was interested in agriculture. He was lucky to have parents who shared his vision and put him through good schools until he finally graduated in the year 1987 with a degree in Animal Science. McDonald says that it was while at Iowa State University that he developed a deep understanding of the food industry and after his graduation, he immediately ventured into the industry and eventually landed at OSI Group.
Career at OSI
It is at OSI Group that David McDonald has experienced success in the food industry and has been pivotal in helping OSI acquire several franchises such as Baho Foods, Tyson Foods, and a Flagship in Europe. Under his watch as the President and Corporate Operations Officer (COO), OSI has transformed into a global company with outlets all over the globe. Its latest triumph is in China where they have opened more than ten facilities to handle the processing of poultry.
David McDonald, in his three decades working with OSI, he has been instrumental in developing and maintaining vital business partnerships. He says their greatest and most valuable partners are their clients and OSI treats them like family. This also applies to everybody that interacts with OSI, be it their workers or their distributors and suppliers. David McDonald says that any business that is out there to thrive and expand must have the threshold to make changes as per the preference of their customers. A move OSI executes with ease under the stewardship of David.
Style of Leadership
It is under McDonald leadership that OSI made several strategic internal realignments like investing in state of the art technology and sourcing excellently trained workers. He also overhauled the management system and adopted one that was more flexible allowing managers to run one subsidiary at a time. David notes that their growth has been motivated by their goal to dominate and set standards in the food industry. This is a goal he says they are patient about and will apply strategies over a long period of time.
More about David McDonald
David is the proud recipient of the reputable Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award. Mr. McDonald is a man with a big heart and has a lifetime pledge to Iowa State University. He is also fully dedicated to St. Michael Parish in Wheaton, Ill. Besides being a visionary leader, He has also worked at Marfrig Global Foods S.A as an autonomous Director.
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