The Iconic Story of David McDonald: From the Farm to A Global Personality

OSI Group has been making leaps and bounds over the last two decades. David McDonald has been at the center of the expansion wave. David was once a project manager after graduating from the college. He rose up the ranks to become the OSI Group’s Chief Operating Officer and the President.

OSI Group started as a butcher shop in Chicago run by a German immigrant. The business expanded as a regional meat supplier before joining hands with McDonald’s as its primary global supplier. The company then branched out and joined hands with major food producers in the United States and around the world.

David’s background

David McDonald graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelors in animal science. He was awarded the Wallace E.Barron Outstanding Senior Award for his high character, outstanding performance in academia and community activities, as well as the promise of continuing with the qualities as the university alumni.

Despite being the COO of OSI, David McDonald is also actively engaged in Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative in Iowa State. He also supports the Alpha Gamma Rho Scholarship Fund and has helped many students with internship opportunities in OSI Group. He won the Iowa State University Foundation’s Emerging Philanthropist Award in 2014. David is married to Malinda, and they have six children.

The OSI Group exploits under McDonald’s watch

OSI Group has diversified around the world with 65 facilities in 17 countries and over 20,000 employees. It is ranked number 58 on the Forbes list of the largest private U.S companies. The estimated net worth of OSI Group is over $6.1 billion. McDonald has steered OSI in an aggressive expansion program starting with China and the acquisition of Baho Food, a Dutch snack, and Deli meats producer. It also acquired Flagship Europe, also known as Creative Foods Europe, which is the manufacturer of bespoke products.

David’s background in the cornfield of Lowa has a positive impact on his managerial style and success in the food production and distribution sector. David McDonald was hired as an intern to Sheldon Lavin and saw the company expand with a series of acquisitions and joint ventures. When he took the mantle, McDonald continued with the corporate culture without turning back.