David McDonald is the president and chief operating officer of international food processing giant the OSI Group. McDonald was hired in 1987, soon after he completed his animal science degree at Iowa State University. Since then, the husband and father of 6 has become an integral part of the company’s international growth. McDonald is credited with having the unique ability to work harmoniously with governments, local businesses and consumers all over the world that has facilitated the OSI Group’s global expansion. Hiring the Iowa native has proven to be a wise move.
Being raised on a farm has helped to give David McDonald insights on food production few people can match. Plus, his natural communication skills and patient, understanding, nature have helped him to get along well with the OSI Group’s staff, the customers and the business professionals he deals with every day. McDonald’s understanding of even the most complex issues involved in the food processing industry has made him a very valuable asset to the OSI Group. He has also embraced the company’s mission of global expansion and uses his talent, experience and expertise to make the process as efficient as possible.
Two expansion efforts in which David McDonald has played a particularly active role is in the purchase of Baho Foods, a company based in Holland, and the growth of the OSI Group in China. By helping the company buy Baho Foods, McDonald has helped to significantly increase the number of customers in Europe the OSI Group now serves. Over the past 20 years, David McDonald has been working with Chinese farmers, local management teams, workers, government agencies and consumers to build 10 poultry processing plants throughout China. The plants made the OSI Group China’s largest poultry processor.
But working in China has been about more than just processing poultry. Through the work of David McDonald and others, the OSI Group now provides meat, fish, poultry, vegetable and dough products to Western fast food companies like Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Subway and McDonald’s doing business in China. McDonald has been able to help the company overcome the technical and infrastructure challenges that they face in China. With the guidance of David McDonald, the OSI Group has been able to form lucrative partnerships, find the ideal locations for their facilities and get the raw materials they need. David McDonald has played a key role in making these monumental accomplishments possible.
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