Global food processing giant the OSI Group’s president and chief operating officer David McDonald has been involved with animals and food processing his entire life. Raised in northeast Iowa on a farm, McDonald brings a unique insight to the meat processing industry. He was hired by the OSI Group in 1987 as soon as he graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in animal science. In the 30 years he has spent with the company, McDonald has been given positions of increasing importance. And now he is one of the company’s most valuable top executives.
Currently living in Warrenville, Illinois, David McDonald is married and has 6 children. Spending quality time with his family is a priority. He’s beloved in his community because of his willingness to give generously of his time and talent to help his neighbors and improve the local community. He’s also deeply involved with his church and his alma mater Iowa State University. Not only do his two oldest children attend the university, McDonald continues to support Alpha Gamma Rho, his college fraternity, is active in Iowa State’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and helped set up an internship program with the school and the OSI Group.
David McDonald not only holds an executive position with the OSI Group, he also is the North American Meat Institute board chairman. Since 2008, when MarfrigFrigoríficos e Comércio de Alimentos took control of the Brazilian and European operations of the OSI Group, McDonald became a Marfrig Global Foods S.A. independent director. He also serves as Australia-based OSI International Foods Pty Limited’s director. McDonald said the OSI Group’s international growth has improved the company’s capacity and product development and enables them to offer customers more and better choices including affordable natural and organic foods.
David McDonald explained the goal of the OSI Group is to provide its global customer base with foods that are healthy as well as tasty. He also stated that acquiring both the Flagship Europe brand and Dutch convenience food manufacturer Baho Foods complements the OSI Group’s current processing strengths, improves the company’s ability to meet its customers’ evolving needs, while broadening the company’s presence on the European continent. McDonald also sees the OSI decision to use local management teams in their Chinese facilities as being wise. He pointed out they are more familiar with local government regulations and they better understanding local customs, cultures and tastes.
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