OSI Group is an acclaimed player in the food industry with remarkable growth in the recent past. David McDonald joined the company as a project manager after completing his studies and has risen through the ranks to become the president and chief operating officer (COO).The company started as a small butchery in Chicago at the beginning of the twentieth century. Fatefully, it became the primary supplier of McDonald restaurant that necessitated opening of another branch. In the last quarter of the twentieth century, it grew significantly in the US and international markets.
David McDonald Background
David attended Iowa State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. Besides, he also received a Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award that recognizes individuals with high character, achievement in academics and community service. In 2004, he was awarded the ISU Alumni Association Young Award for his active role in the alumni association. Also, in 2014, he was awarded the ISU Foundation’s Emerging Philanthropist Award due to his immense contribution in the Alpha Gamma Rho scholarship fund and providing internship opportunities to ISU students at OSI Group.
OSI Group under David’s leadership
OSI Group has had a remarkable growth under the leadership of David McDonald. For instance, in the recent past, the company has made several notable acquisitions that have necessitated continued growth. In 2016 alone, the company acquired Baho Foods, Flagship Europe, and a facility owned by Tyson Foods. Most recently in 2018, the company has merged with an Australian Poultry processor. These acquisitions are an indication of constant innovations and the commitment to growth.Being at the head of one of the most successful companies in the world has not come easy having been brought up in the Iowa farm fields. His style of leadership has earned him great respect in the company and the industry at large. In a recent interview, David indicated that the OSI Group does not brag or blow their trumpets. Instead, they focus on improving the success of their clients in a low profile. Although a low profile might prohibit full recognition, their services have attracted a wide range of clients.