Since 1987, Iowa born food processing industry veteran David McDonald has been helping to build food services industry giant, the OSI Group. McDonald started as a project manager and is now chief operating officer and president of the company. He is known for his keen insight into the inner workings of the food processing industry and his amazing ability to negotiate government regulations in foreign countries, work closely with local management teams and help create food products to please millions of customers from many and diverse cultures. Yet he still makes times to love and support his family, his community and his alma mater, Iowa State University.
David McDonald has been very instrumental in the OSI Group’s growth into a major player in the global food production industry. His ability to understand the often complex global food laws and cultural norms and help people from a wide range of countries embrace the OSI Group’s products is astounding. For McDonald, the key is paying attention to the needs and desires of the consumers while working hand in hand with local suppliers. Plus, David McDonald is caring man at heart and his ultimate goal is to make the consumers and the people he works with happy and satisfied.
At Iowa State University David McDonald earned a reputation for being an excellent student. He won the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award. Since he graduated, he has become a beloved figure on campus. He gives generously to support the scholarship fund of his college fraternity Alpha Gamma Rho. He is involved in the ISU Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, arranged for ISU students to go to China to see the OSI Group’s facilities and is helping set up an internship program. In 2004 David McDonald was given the Young Alumni award by the ISU Alumni Association.
A Warrenville, Illinois resident, David McDonald is very active in St. Michael Parish located in Wheaton, Illinois. Along with his work at the OSI Group, he’s also chairman of the North American Meat Institute’s board of directors. And he happily makes major donations to a wide range of charitable causes and organizations. He is passionate about helping others and serving as an inspiration to encourage them to be the best they can and pursue their dreams.
His goal is to develop dynamic partnerships so the OSI Group can enjoy sustained growth, surpasses expectations and continue to evolve and improve.
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