David McDonald, the current COO, and president of OSI Group grew up in Lowa farms where he spent much of his childhood. His parents were small-scale farmers who did their best to put food on the table and afford their children a good life. Growing up in the rural settings made David McDonald to acquire a special interest in agriculture. David felt the urge to do something to transform the lives of small-scale farmers who face a lot of challenges.
In 1984, David McDonald enrolled for bachelor’s degree at Lowa University where he studied animal science. His specialization would enable him to land a job opportunity at OSI Group, one of the leading processors and distributors of value-added food products in the U.S.
David’s career history
David joined the Chicago-based meat processing firm in 1991 immediately after graduating from Lowa University. David started at the lowest rank in the company and gradually raised through the leadership ranks to become the COO and the President of the firm. David has greatly contributed to the growth of OSI industries.
OSI Group which was initially a family-owned business is currently the leading processor of value-added meat products. The company was founded more than a hundred years ago by a German immigrant known as Otto Kolchowsky. It has since grown to build processing facilities in more than seventeen countries.
David McDonald’s master plan to improve OSI Group’s sustainability
Upon joining OSI Group close to three decades ago, David has played a critical role in its expansion beyond the American border. Together with the company’s CEO, David has embarked on a mission to build mega processing plants around the world.
Currently, OSI Group is the leading supplier of poultry products in China with huge processing plants in Shandong Province. Recently, the company had to dig deep into its pockets when they set out to expand the Spain-based poultry processing plant. OSI Group increased the capacity of this plant by hundred percent.
According to David, OSI Group will continue to put up more processing facilities to meet the ever-increasing demand for food products. Besides, building new facilities will provide more employment opportunities, and it will also ensure that the company maintains the lead in the years to come.
Acquisition of Baho Food
Recently, David McDonald made a bold move by leading OSI Group into the acquisition of the Europe-based Baho Foods. The deal will enable OSI Group to step foot into Europe and also establish their presence in a market that remains untapped.