David McDonald, the president and COO of global food processing giant the OSI Group. Is an Iowa native. Raised on a farm, he developed an interest in agriculture and biology. McDonald attended Iowa State University where he earned a degree in animal science. After graduating in 1987, he was hired as a project manager by the OSI Group. McDonald’s excellent work ethic and diverse skill set enabled him to move up within the company while helping them to make major strides in the food processing industry. In addition to his work at the OSI Group, David McDonald also serves as the North American Meat Institute’s chairman.
In the 30 plus years David McDonald has spent with the OSI Group, he has helped the company to successfully expand its operations to a diverse array of countries around the world. Today, the OSI Group has more than 70 processing facilities in a dozen and a half countries and customers in 85 nations. McDonald is credited with helping to make the company a premier international food provider because of his technical skill and his ability to deal with government agencies and suppliers in a wide variety of countries. He has also helped the company become known for its excellent customer service and foods specially created for people from diverse cultures.
Because of the constantly evolving nature of the international food market, David McDonald’s logistics team is always hard at work keeping things flowing smoothly at the company’s facilities all around the world. McDonald helped the OSI Group to build and manage 10 poultry processing facilities in China and provide meat and vegetable products for well-known Western fast food chains doing business in China. He also played a major role in the company’s acquisition Dutch deli meat and food processing company Baho Foods, as well as Flagship Europe, a food company based in the United Kingdom, to increase the OSI Group’s European customer base.
With his understanding of international business and excellent communication skills, David McDonald has helped the OSI Group establish dynamic partnerships and enjoy tremendous growth throughout the United States and around the world. For over 30 years his goal had remained the same. Help the company meet and exceed customer expectations, establish and maintain great production practices and excellent environmental management policies while creating innovative, nutritious, delicious food products. Throughout his career David McDonald has been able to do just that.
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