As a boy growing up on the farms of Iowa, the current President of OSI Group David McDonald developed an interest in agriculture industry at an early age. Years of working on the farm created in him a desire to improve the operations in the industry. His parents, though not wealthy, helped in nurturing his dream by ensuring he attained a good education. In 1987 he joined Iowa State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in animal science.
After completing his studies at the Iowa State University, he joined Chicago-based OSI industries in 1991. Through hard work and integrity, David has risen through the company’s leadership ranks to become its chief operations officer and the president. His exceptional leadership and outstanding achievements earned him the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award. Today Mr. McDonald is one of the most respected authorities in the industry.
OSI group is the world’s leading supplier of value-added proteins such as beef patties, pizza, sausage links, and sandwiches. It currently has more than fifty facilities distributed in over 17 countries including China where it has eight operational factories. David McDonald OSI Group plans to make OSI group the largest producer of poultry products in China. To this end, the company created a joint venture with DOYOO Group in 2012 and launched a mega processing plant in the Henan province the same year.
Besides, the projects in China, he has guided the company through many other profitable endeavors. In 2012 alone, the company launched some projects which included the expansion of the Poland Beef-processing factory by 30%, building a new frozen food processing facility in India and starting a modern feed mill in Shandong province. The feed mill’s annual capacity is approximately 600000 metric tons. Others projects were in Geneva and Hungary.
In its strategy to extend its market in Europe, the company acquired Baho Food in 2016. David McDonald praised the acquisition as a significant investment that compliments the OSI’s already existing products consequently increasing their demand. These successes are results of OSI group’s ability to keep up with global trends. McDonald made this possible by creating a perfect coordination between the company’s global logistic teams and local operations.