When David McDonald was hired by the food processing company the OSI Group in 1987 as a project manager, there was no way to predict how important he would become to the company. McDonald has now been with the company for over 30 years and has helped it go through an extended period of consistent growth and expansion. And as the OSI Group’s impact in the global food services industry has become larger and they have established an international presence, David McDonald has become increasingly important to the company’s operations. He is now the OSI Group’s president and chief operating officer.
When McDonald was hired by the OSI Group, the Iowa State University graduate with a freshly minted degree in animal science joined a company primarily focused on creating and packaging meat products for McDonald’s and supermarkets and restaurants in a growing number of U.S. cities. With David McDonald’s input, the company now offers meat, fish, poultry, dough and vegetable products, pizza, hot dogs, pastry and more. They also produce foods specifically designed to meet the unique tastes of their customers in over 80 different countries around the world.
Working with governmental agencies and suppliers in those countries and handling the complex technical issues that sometimes arise are also part of David McDonald’s many responsibilities. He has played a major role in the OSI Group’s acquisition of Flagship Europe and Baho Foods to increase the company’s customer base in Europe. McDonald was also instrumental in setting up the 10 poultry processing plants the OSI Group has in China and the opening of their facility in India. With McDonald playing a prominent role, the OSI Group has set up more than 75 plants throughout the world.
Due to his experience in international business, the North American Meat Institute selected David McDonald as chairman of directorial board. His ability to work with a wide range of organizations has made the husband and father of six a very important player in the international food services industry. It has long been apparent David McDonald is a very bright and talented individual. At Iowa State University he was given the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award. In 2004, the school’s alumni association honored him with their Young Alumni Award for the many contributions he has made to Iowa State University.
David McDonald is a valuable asset to his company, his school and his community.
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The biggest strategy that OSI Group has applied in its move to expands its operations in the world has been through acquisition. They have made numerous acquisition in many countries. The intention of this strategy is to ensure that they penetrate the market faster. When their acquire companies that have already been in the industry, it easier to take over the operations of the previous company than it is to start new operations especially in a sensitive industry such as food production. To conquer in this industry, it’s important to establish the culture and the tastes of people in various locations. Acquisitions mean that a company will just be taking over from an already existing market and not necessarily begin from scratch.
The CEO of OSI Group is Sheldon Lavin. He is a brilliant manager who has been with the company for a very long time. He first joined OSI Group in the1970s as a partner. Business expansion has been one of his main approaches to making the company successful. OSI Group has a presence in over 65 locations all over the world. In addition, they have partnered with other companies in countries like the United Kingdom. They have a presence on almost all the continents.
One of the recent acquisition efforts has landed the group in the European market. They have acquired Baho, one of the largest food production in Europe. Baho has been in the business of producing and distributing convenience food products and other wide range of products mostly in Germany and Netherlands. It is a Dutch company. Being one of the most successful companies in Europe, it was a great catch for the OSI Group. Already OSI Group was controlling a considerable size of the meat production market in Europe. Acquisition of this group was to enhance its presence in the region by offering more products. OSI group hopes to make considerable moves in the industry by implementing green practices in the production of meat products.
Sheldon Lavin joined this group about 4 decades ago. Previously, he was working as an investor and as a business executive. His leadership and experience have been critical to the growth of the firm. His first role was as a partner of the company. He was working closely with sons of the founder of OSI Group. He would later own half of the company after one of the sons sold his shares. Finally, after the other partner retired, Sheldon Lavin was left in charge of the production company.
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Sheldon Lavin’s patience with business decision-making proved to be to his advantage when entering the meat manufacturing industry. Lavin took an unorthodox route into his meat industry career. It began more than 43 years ago. Sheldon Lavin was a banking industry expert and financial advisor when he was offered the opportunity to work with Otto and Sons. At this time Otto and Sons was primarily focused on its business relationship with McDonald’s. Lavin would eventually take the company to an international level.
OSI Group currently has a roster of over 20,000 employees internationally. Sheldon Lavin believes that the company is still family-oriented despite its tremendous worldwide success. The proof is in the longevity of every employee’s commitment. The turnover rate that OSI is very low. This dynamic provides the type of work environment that made the company special from the beginning.
Lavin entered the meat industry in 1970. He arranged the financing for Otto and Sons to secure their business relationship as the exclusive meat provider to the McDonald’s Corporation. At this point Otto and Sons had merely been there Midwest service provider. They had a chance to build a meat processing plant that would cater to the specific needs of McDonald’s and put them in an exclusive category with the fast food organization. Lavin was recommended by the bank to have a direct role in this process. He initially signed on as a consultant. His stipulation was that if he ever came in as a partner that he would have the same leverage in decision-making as the other partners within the company.
Lavin eventually became heavily involved in the operations at Otto and Sons. The company grew simultaneously with the McDonald’s Corporation. Leaders at McDonald’s recommended that Sheldon Lavin be a full time partner at OSI. Levin agreed due to his tremendous respect for the culture and business practices at McDonald’s. He pioneered the expansion throughout North America and Europe. Growth continued through the 1970s and 80s which included South America and Taiwan. Eventually Sheldon Lavin gained controlling interest of Otto and Sons once to the original owners sold their interest. Around this time Otto and Sons became known as OSI Group. Roughly 13 years ago the last remaining partner retired. This gave Sheldon Lavin 100% control of the decision-making at OSI.
OSI expansion has reached Australia, China, India, Philippines, and South Africa. There is a growing presence in Brazil and Europe as well. Lavin is currently in his 80s and actively involved in pushing OSI Group to even higher successes.
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