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David McDonald: The Man Behind OSI Group’s Spectacular Arc Of Growth

October 26, 2018 by Posted in: BUsinessmanCareer SuccessFood Industry

OSI Group’s growth rate the past few decades has been nothing short of spectacular. Its success in since the turn of the millennium is something for other companies to aspire too. No individual has played a bigger role in the company’s success than David McDonald.

David McDonald serves as both its president and Chief Operating Officer (COO). He knows all the ins-and-outs of OSI having been with the company for multiple decades. He joined the company straight out of college landing the position of project manager. It can easily be deduced by where he is today in his career that he’s come a long way since then.

OSI Group is a premiere privately owned holding company of meat processors that supplies value added food products to prominent foodservice and retail food brands all over the world. It has become a leader in the industry despite starting off as a small local butcher shop founded by a German immigrant in Chicago. OSI is probably best known for its relationship with the illustrious McDonald’s restaurant chain. Once only the primary meat supplier to the fast food chain for the Midwest region, it is now its primary global supplier.

About David McDonald OSI Group

It seems as though David McDonald was predisposed to have a career in the food industry being born and raised on a farm in a rural part of Northeast Iowa. David is an alumni of Iowa State University, whereas a senior he was given the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award. An award only given to those who have shown excellence in their academics and university/community activities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science he received upon graduation.

David McDonald is still an active participant in various initiatives around the Iowa State community. He’s donated funds in support of both the university’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and Alpha Gamma Rho scholarship fund. Both are very important to the university and David’s contributions are much appreciated. So much so that the college gave him its Emerging Philanthropist Award.