David McDonald started as a project manager at OSI Group. Upon his graduation from Iowa State University more than 30 years ago, he was hired at the large food processing company. He earned a B.S. in animal science, and he was recognized as an outstanding student at the university. David worked his way up the corporate ladder to his current position as President and Chief Operating Officer of the company.
David was born and raised in the Midwest, and he was brought up on a farm in the state Iowa. His roots are still deeply connected to his home-state. He supports his alma mater by offering student internships, with generous financial gifting, and more. OSI Group, a global supplier, maintains its international headquarters in Aurora, IL. The company is privately owned, and it is amongst the largest food processing organizations in the U.S. OSI Group is more than a century old, and it is also deeply rooted to its Midwest origins today.
The company has experienced tremendous growth under the insightful leadership of David McDonald. In its earlier days, OSI Group was mainly a meat processing company. It was started by a German immigrant, and he ran the business as the sole proprietor of a small butcher shop in Illinois. Decades later, the company expanded and began to open processing facilities in Europe and recently in China. David McDonald has been instrumental in its expansion efforts by building relationships with partnering companies. The company now has more than 20,000 employees, and it currently operates in over 18 countries.
Much of the company’s global success is in its efforts to cater to the local communities. They now offer much more than meat products, and OSI Group has expanded its menu of products to include vegetables, dairy, bread, condiments, and a variety of food business solutions. David McDonald understands that the company needs to be flexible and adapt to the local cultures to which they serve. David is committed to upholding the core values and principles of this proud American company as it has risen to its globally recognized level of success.