Iowa State University graduate David McDonald has played a major role in helping the OSI Group become a leader in the global food production industry. When McDonald joined the company in 1987, he brought a degree in animal science and the unique prospective and work ethic of someone who had grown up on a farm. While those things were impressive, the skillset David McDonald possesses has proven to be crucial to company’s growth. His willingness to work closely with, learn from and teach people on every level of the company have made him a beloved member of the team at the OSI Group.
When David McDonald joined the company, the OSI Group had just begun its transition from an Illinois based company focused on providing ground beef for McDonald’s and packaged meat for restaurants and supermarkets into a company with ambitious plans for international growth. McDonald helped the OSI Group establish a customer base in China and his ability to handle the often complex negotiations with government officials and local producers has helped the company grow to become China’s largest poultry producer. Although the OSI Group now has 10 poultry processing plants in China, McDonald says he’s proudest of the work he did with the most recently opened one.
Another region into which the OSI Group is developing a significant presence with David McDonald’s help is in Europe. To increase the number of customers they serve in Europe, McDonald helped the OSI Group acquire Dutch food processing company Baho Foods. He also played a prominent role in the acquisition of UK based Flagship Europe. By helping add those two companies to the OSI Group family, McDonald has assisted the company in having a customer base in Europe that encompasses more than two dozen countries. The company now has 70 facilities and customers in 85 countries around the world.
David McDonald’s skill at creating successful, dynamic partnerships with businesses in countries around the world has been a cornerstone of the OSI Group’s international growth. Being able to work in coordination with partners with vast insight and thorough knowledge of each market makes it easier for the OSI Group to better serve the needs of the customers there. David McDonald uses the information he gleans about the local culture business practices to inform the decisions the OSI Group makes in each specific region and location and establish solid customer bases.
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