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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Consistent hard work and developing his natural talents are what helped to make Nabors Industries CEO Anthony Petrello a success. His caring soul molded by the ethos in the Newark, New Jersey community is which he was raised has fueled his commitment to philanthropy and is what drives him to give millions to charity each year. This explains how a kid with a love for math went from a working-class neighborhood with poor schools to earning scholarships to Yale and Harvard and became America’s highest paid CEO in 2014 when he was paid over $68 million.
People who knew Anthony Petrello growing say he spent his free time working on complex linear algebra and differential calculus math problems while other kids his age were out playing and having fun. They weren’t surprised when he got a scholarship to Yale to study under Serge Lang, a world-renowned mathematician. As expected, he got his bachelor’s and mater’s degree in mathematics. What surprised everyone was when he went to Harvard Law School, earned a juris doctor and was hired by white shoe law firm Baker & McKenzie in 1986.
Petrello’s legendary work ethic and intelligence led to him quickly becoming managing partner of the law firm’s Manhattan office. That got the attention of Baker & McKenzie’s powerful client, oil and gas juggernaut Nabors Industries. The company was recovering from financial issues when they hired Anthony Petrello as their COO in 1991.
He instantly turned the company around, signed the largest deals in their history and had them prospering again. As a result, they promoted Petrello to president, CEO and board chairman. In 2014, his compensation package exceeded $68 million.
At Nabors Industries Anthony Petrello made savvy investments, created thousands of high-paying jobs and earned the respect and admiration of others in the industry. Petrello also generously shares his wealth, regularly giving millions to charity each year. When his daughter was born with cerebral palsy, Anthony Petrello gave almost $10 million to Texas Children’s Hospital and helped them raise hundreds of millions to build one of the world’s best neurological treatment and research facilities. He also gives of his time, talent and resources to improve medical treatment for suffering children worldwide.
The success of Anthony Petrello, a kid from a working-class background, serves as an excellent example of what is possible when people use hard work to make the most out of their talents.
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OSI Group President, David McDonald, says the company has made serious strides in its processing and production units. This is attributed to therecent opening of a beef processing plant in Poland, modern feed mill in China and a host of other achievements. The expansion of OSI groups departments has increased its presence in the market. Under David McDonald’s leadership, OSI Group has acquired BahoFood, which operates in Germany and Netherlands. David decided to retain the employees in this acquisition because their expertise and experience are essential in improving service delivery as well as in strengthening the product portfolio.
OSI Group prides itself on its service delivery that spans over thirty years. The company has a tradition of offering innovative products and services, a legacy that David MacDonald has carried on. Under his tenure, the company has continued to have tight working relationships with in-house teams and regional managers. The responsibility of regional managers is to monitor local customer’s culture and trends, then communicating with the in-house teams who in turn tailor products to meet the preferences and tastes. McDonald says the company has always been able to engage with customers to discussneeded solutions and the concepts that they want to go after. This early engagement enables the company to become valuable to the customers. The company has thecompetent personnel and technical resources to achieve its goals.
McDonald says OSI Group enjoys local management teams that help in the understanding of local cultures and tastes. Through these teams, the company can operate efficiently through the power of global scale. OSI Group is based in Aurora Illinois and is a worldwide leader in the supply of value-added protein items. It has subsidiaries in China, Poland, Germany, India, Switzerland, Australia, as well as Hungary.
Education and work experience
David is an alumnus of Iowa State University where he majored in Animal Science. He was the chairperson of North American Meat Instituteand served as the Director of Marfing Global Foods S.A. He was the OSI Industries project manager and sits on the company’s board of directors. David is the Chief Operating Officer and President of OSI Group. He is also the director of OSI International Foods Pty Limited, which is based in Australia. David is a renowned corporate leader who believes that product and service provision to the consumers goes hand in hand with production capacity and product development.
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