When Iowa native David McDonald graduated from Iowa State University in 1987 and became a project manager at the OSI Group, few anticipated the impact he would have on the company. Now, over 30 years later, he is president and chief operating officer of the company and a major reason the company is a leader in the worldwide food processing industry. Using his diverse skill set, ability to deal with government agencies in foreign countries, knowledge he gained about meat and agriculture growing up on a farm and his genuine interest in satisfying the company’s customers, McDonald has helped the OSI Group grow and succeed globally.
At the OSI Group, they process food and provide products and services for both major companies as well as individuals around the globe. David McDonald has helped the company to establish lucrative, dynamic partnerships. Plus, he has helped the company remain flexible enough to create unique, innovative food products as well as dynamic solutions to a variety of problems. McDonald has helped to make things run smoothly and fulfill the vision of company CEO Sheldon Lavin of feeding people all over the world. The high quality production and distribution standards McDonald has helped the company establish and maintain consistently attract new customers and keep them coming back.
David McDonald explains the OSI Group’s most effective marketing strategy that generates new business is to blend in with the local people, understand the products they want and need and deliver those products. This has allowed the OSI Group to gain the trust of the people. Each day David McDonald is charged handling the technical and infrastructure challenges the company faces. Working with great suppliers, supportive government agencies and an experienced, well-trained creative staff, he is able to come up with effective decisions that benefit the customers and the company.
The success of the OSI Group is built on the valuable partnerships McDonald has helped them to create as well as the company’s great culture, vision, innovation, talented staff and wise, thoughtful, decisions made by their executive leadership. But the bottom line is there is no success unless the customers are satisfied. David McDonald’s most important job is to do whatever is necessary to ensure the customers get the nutritious, tasty products they enjoy. Driven by a can-do ethic and an entrepreneurial passion, David McDonald is working every day to deliver the best value for the customers.
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Located in Aurora, Illinois, OSI Group is a company that supplies value-added added products such as beef patties and sausage link as well as pizza and sandwiches to the largest food outlets globally. OSI group serves famous brands like Starbucks, McDonald’s, Yum, Subway, and Burger King among others. The Company has over 60 businesses in seventeen countries. For some years, the company has been operating in China and with eight food processing factories. OSI Group is building two new facilities in China which will make the company the largest poultry producer in the Asian Country. OSI Group President and also Chief Operations Officer, David McDonald is satisfied that the company has made tremendous steps when it comes to poultry production within the Chinese market.
David McDonald believes that some of the notable improvements made by the OSI Group are in both the production and processing departments. The improvements include the launching of the new modern mill located in Shandong Province. In India, OSI group has launched a new frozen foods processing plant and in Poland, the company has launched a new beef processing factory. The company has also established new markets such as Hungary and Geneva. OSI Group boasts of adequate experience in reference to consumer taste, cultural nuances, government regulations, and talent pool. By making use of the experience, OSI Group has been able to provide its clients with high-quality products and services.
Besides serving as the Chief Operating Officer, David McDonald is also a member of the board of directors. David McDonald has been instrumental in creating a global network comprising of the in-house firms and teams all over the globe. Mr. McDonald has ensured that the management teams in each region have a clear understanding of the local consumers’ cultures and tastes.
David McDonald serves as the chairman of the North American Meat Institute. He has also been serving Marfrig Global Foods S.A as an independent director since late 2008 when the OSI Group’s plants in Brazil and Europe were acquired by the company. David McDonald earned a degree in Animal science from Lowa State University.
The company is concerned with the effects of their business activities to the world. David McDonald, as both the president and Chief Operating Officer at OSI Group, has strived to make sure that the company maintains a sustainable and positive relationship with the environments, communities, and people they come in contact with.
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