David McDonald: Project Manager To Chief Operating Officer
OSI Group has just turned 100 and for the last 30 years, David McDonald has been along for the ride. McDonald graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. He went to work for OSI Group after college. He began his working career as a project manager and worked his way up the ranks to president and Chief Operating Officer.OSI Group had humble beginnings. The company began as a butcher shop that was owned by a German immigrant family at present a global food supplier .
It was a deal with a new fast food restaurant called McDonald’s that helped to put OSI Group on their fast track to success. Now OSI Group is involved in a variety of ventures all over the world.David McDonald began his track to success on his family farm in Iowa. Even though he is in charge of one of the most successful company’s in the food industry, he has not forgotten his roots. He is actively involved in his Alma mater Iowa State. He is active in the school’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative.McDonald financially supports internship programs for students at the University who want to work at OSI Group.
Though OSI Group is very successful, David McDonald is proud of the fact that the company does not need to toot its own horn. His business vision for the company means more growth while holding on to its core values. McDonald is aware that with growth comes responsibility and being sustainable is important to him and OSI Group. A Chief Sustainability Officer position was created in 2017 to make sure that sustainability maintains a priority. A number of their processing facilities are LEED certified including facilities in Germany, China, and Poland. A plant in California has been awarded the California Green Certification. OSI Group has been awarded for other green initiatives while under McDonald expert leadership.