OSI Group President David McDonald: Thinking Globally And Acting Locally

The president and chief operating officer of global food processing giant the OSI Group is Iowa native David McDonald. McDonald has been with the company for over three decades. He was hired right out of Iowa State University when he completed his bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1987. McDonald grew up on a farm, had an interest in biology and a natural understanding of the food processing industry. This served him well at the OSI Group and he received a series of promotions that culminated in him being named president.

David McDonald is also board chairman of the North American Meat Institute. He also served as OSI International Foods’ director. The company is based in Australia. McDonald was also an independent director at Marfrig Global Foods S.A. In addition to that, he is very active in supporting the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and a number of other programs at Iowa State University. Plus, McDonald volunteers at St. Michael Parish which is located in Wheaton, Illinois near where he currently lives. A husband and father, David McDonald has four children. Two of them attend Iowa State University.

Since David McDonald was hired by the OSI Group, the company has grown tremendously. They have a major presence in China. There the OSI Group is a major poultry producer and provides food products for American fast food companies doing business there including McDonald’s, Burger King, Starbucks and Subway. The company has also recently opened a processing facility in India. The OSI Group also recently expanded its presence in Europe by purchasing Flagship Europe and Baho Foods. As president and COO, David McDonald has played a major role in the company’s expansion efforts and deserves some of the credit for the OSI Group’s exemplary record when it comes to environmental sustainability and worker safety policies.

McDonald explains that the OSI Group is a very large and powerful global organization. But in order for them to be successful they must understand and be sensitive to the local culture and people’s tastes in the countries and communities where they do business. He points out that the OSI Group has a global network of people in over 65 facilities in 17 countries. McDonald said while being a global company helps provide the power of scale and efficiency, their local management teams help the company devise effective local solutions to issues they have to address in each market.

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