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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