Just over 30 years ago, young David McDonald graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in animal science. An excellent student, McDonald won the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award. After graduation he was hired by food processing company the OSI Group as a project manager. Since then, David McDonald has become an integral part of the company’s growth. He has been promoted to positions of increasing importance. Today he’s chief operating officer and president of the company and someone they credit with helping them to successfully expanding into many new markets.
Raised on a farm and long having an interest in agriculture, David McDonald has been a perfect fit at the OSI Group. His ability to work with global governments and suppliers and help the company be sensitive to the taste of consumers from a wide array of cultures has been vitally important. He has helped the company create a global network and organization with the huge size that enables them to get lower prices and the local management teams that provide the understanding to create the best local solutions while he focuses on government regulations, consumers’ taste and cultural nuances.
Married with six children, David McDonald and his family live in Warrenville, Illinois. In addition to spending precious time with his family and volunteering in his community, he also gives generously of his time and resources to St. Michael Parish located in Wheaton, Illinois. McDonald remains closely connected to Iowa State University. His two oldest children attend the school, he support the scholarship fund of his college fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho, arranged for ISU students to visit OSI Group’s facilities in China and plays an active role in ISU’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Since David McDonald has joined the OSI Group, the company has become China’s largest poultry processor. The company has also established a presence in India, Australia, Hungary and Poland. To bolster their presence in Europe, McDonald and his team recently acquired Flagship Europe and Baho Foods, a company based in Holland. He has also helped the OSI Group expand their production capacity in the U.S. The company recently opened a new plant located in Geneva, Illinois that produces both private-label and branded frozen entrées.With the help of David McDonald, the OSI Group is providing consumers with more sophisticated food choices that are natural, organic, nutritious, tasty and affordable while improving food safety and quality.