Having grown up on a farm, David McDonald seemed destined to end up in the food industry. After his high school graduation he moved from northeast Iowa to Ames, Iowa, so that the could attend Iowa State University. He graduated in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. During his last year of school he earned the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award.
Once he left college he found a job at OSI Group, LLC. This is now one of the largest companies in the processed food industry. He has dedicated his career to evolving and growing this company into one of the premier food solutions for food service restaurants and private label grocery brands. Today he is OSI Group’s president and chief operating officer, second only to Sheldon Lavin who is the chief executive officer, chairman, and owner.
Since graduating from Iowa State University, David McDonald has continued to support this educational institution and his fraternity. For example, in 2011 he personally arranged a visit to one of OSI Group’s food processing plants in China for a group of students. One of these students found an internship at his company so that they could gain valuable experience in this industry. Since that time many other Iowa State University students have spent time interning at OSI Group’s various offices and facilities.
His fraternity is Alpha Gamma Rho. David McDonald has provided scholarship money to many students in this fraternity over the years. He was also engaged in naming the Marvin J. Walter – AGR Fraternity Area which opened a few years ago and which supports student learning.
As president and COO of OSI Group, David McDonald is one of the key people responsible for setting the strategy of this company and handling its day to day operations. He has been heavily involved in building strong rapport between the global logistics team of his company and their local operations. This combination has resulted in a company that has the efficiencies of being a global business while also being responsive to the tastes and cultures of local areas. As his company has facilities in North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, and Australia this combination is vital to how his company operates.
David McDonald’s presently resides in Warrenville, Illinois. He is married and they have four children at home. Their other two children have graduated from high school and are now attending the University of Illinois themselves.
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