The Role Of David McDonald At OSI Group
Since the break of the millennium, OSI Group has been riding on a tremendous growth path. One person who has been part of this journey is David McDonald. He has worked at OSI Group for the past three decades, starting as a project manager and now president and Chief Operating Officer of the company.
OSI Group is a leading food producer in the world. It started as a butcher shop in Chicago, established by a German immigrant in 1909. In the mid-century, the company developed into a regional supplier of meat products to the newly-established McDonald’s restaurant chain. Towards the end of the last century, it had grown into a globally recognized food supplier. The company now runs food production operations in the United States and 17 other countries.
David McDonald was born in Northwest Iowa and holds a degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University. He has an excellent reputation in his Alma mater for outstanding achievements as a representative of the university. He supports community activities around Iowa and promises to continue contributing more. Due to his commitment to community activities, he won the 2014 Emerging Philanthropist Award from Iowa State University Foundation
Today, David McDonald is the COO of the most successful private food production business. The Forbes ranks OSI Group among the top 100 largest private businesses with a net worth of over $6 billion.
David McDonald has played a significant role in the international growth of the company. He has facilitated acquisitions and development of production plants in different locations around the world. He was instrumental in the purchase of a Dutch food company known as Baho Food and UK based Flagship Europe, now renamed Creative Foods. McDonald has vast experience in food production logistics after working with various organizations that deal with food supplies. He was chairman of the North American Meat Institute before joining OSI Group.
Under the guidance of McDonald, OSI Group has delegated decisions making powers to the managers near the customers. The company wants the managers at the lowest levels to make decisions in order to maintain a good relationship with the customers. In all the acquisitions made by OSI Group, management of the acquired businesses is retained since these are the people who understand the market better.
David McDonald has been working closely with CEO Sheldon Lavin to transform the company. Both of them have massive experience in business management making it easy for OSI Group to head in the right direction.