With an Animal Science degree from the University of the State of Iowa, and an Outstanding Senior Award from Wallace E. Barron, David McDonald has become a force to be reckoned with in the food industry. David McDonald grew up on a farm in the State of Iowa, a lifestyle that prompted him to pursue Animal Science and agricultural entrepreneurship. From a mere farm boy, David is currently the President and Chief Operations Officer of OSI Group.
David Mc Donald and the OSI Group
OSI Group was founded in 1909 by a German immigrant under the name Otto and Sons. The company began as a mere neighborhood butcher shop but has since expanded to a trader for wholesale meat, supplier and processor of meat products as well as a provider of services like branding and several other food services. The company is currently the leading corporation in the food industry in the entire globe with branches in several countries around the globe. OSI deals in vegetable, beef, pork, wheat products as well as raw and processed poultry products.
David McDonald joined the OSI Group immediately after graduating from the University in 1987. His first role in the company was as a project manager. Over the three decades that he has been in the company, he has risen in rank to the position of president and COO. David McDonald has led OSI Group in its growth and globalization. It is under his leadership that the company has expanded its operations globally. He has led OSI through the acquisition of several other organizations like the Tyson Food Company and the European Flagship food company among several others in pursuit of growth, sustainability and expansion. When the acquisition of the Baho food company by OSI was completed, David commented that this was a step towards intensifying the company’s presence in the local market and not only the international market. True to his words, OSI has not only grown globally but continues to thrive locally as well.
Beyond OSI Group
Apart from his role in OSI, David McDonald also serves as the Chairperson of the North American Meat Institute, an independent director of the Marfrig Global S.A, and director at the Australian OSI branch.
David is also an active humanitarian. He finances the Alpha Gamma Rho Scholarship fund of the Iowa State University. He also played a role in the establishment of the ISU internship programme and the University’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative as well.