How David McDonald Became An Integral Part Of OSI Group’s Success
August 3, 2018
When David McDonald joined OSI Group it was a much smaller company than it is today. Since he joined this company in the 1980s it has had spectacular growth and has expanded into nations around the world. OSI Group is a company that supplies processed food to its clients, mostly beef, poultry, and pork products but also fruits, vegetables, marinades, sauces, and the like.David McDonald was born and raised on a farm in northeast Iowa. He was a student at Iowa State University and earned a degree in animal science, earning the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award in his final year. This award is given to students who achieve outstanding results academically, display high character, and engage in university and community activities.
After he graduated his first job was at OSI Group. He was hired as a project manager at this company’s headquarters in Aurora, Illinois. Through hard work and diligence, he rose through the ranks and is now the president and chief operating officer. During his time at OSI Group, he has helped it branch out into new ventures and partnerships both domestically and internationally. Today OSI Group is a major privately held American company. It is worth $6.1 billion which ranks it 58th among the biggest such companies in the nation. David McDonald has played a critical role in this growth.
OSI Group generally expands by either partnering with other companies in the industry or by buying them. He often takes the point in these negotiations, such as he did in 2016 when he was key to his company buying two European companies, Baho Foods and Flagship Europe. More recently he was the one who negotiated a partnership in Australia with Turi Foods.David McDonald, as successful as he is, has never forgotten his roots. He is a proud supporter of the University of Iowa and its community. He actively supports this university’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. He also provides financial support to his fraternity’s scholarship fund. He has set up internships at OSI Group for students of ISU so they can gain real-world experience.