David McDonald traces his roots back to a farm in northeast Iowa where he was born and raised, he graduated in Iowa State University in 1987 acquiring a bachelor’s degree in animal science and being the recipient of the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award. His career began immediately in OSI industries immediately after graduating in Chicago. This opportunity just after graduation was the start of a successful career which took him all way to his current position as the President of OSI Group. Aside from being the current President of OSI Group, David also serves as the Chairman of North American Meat Institute. He has also privileged to be an Independent Director at Mafrig Global Foods after the firm acquired the OSI Group operations in Europe and Brazil as from December 2008 to June 27, 2017.
In the year 2016, OSI Group acquired Baho Food, a private Dutch that is in the business of processing meat products and other food items for the retail industries and for the food service. Baho Food currently has five subsidiaries and operates in both Germany and Netherlands. Mr. David McDonald said that the acquisition of Baho Food gave OSI a broader presence in Europe. He further went on to comment that Baho’s portfolio of products and brands complemented OSI’s current processing strengths and capabilities so as to best serve their evolving customer needs.
During an interview with Inspirery, David had quite a remarkable session which was based on the OSI group and him as an individual. One of the questions he was asked was concerning how OSI makes money and according to him, this is achieved by processing and provision of food products and services to major companies around the globe. Profitability was also established during OSI’s early stages leading to a tremendous growth. When asked concerning his marketing strategy that enables OSI to generate new business, David commented that OSI becomes part of the local culture. When they comprehend their customer base, they deliver products that are readily welcomed.
He further commented that his success is rooted in OSI’s ability to create valuable partnerships. This can be easily traced to the acquisitions made during his tenure that have had a large impact in the overall success of OSI. The interview further went on to reveal David’s most satisfying moment being the establishment of OSI’S newest facility in China. In addition to David’s revelation of the business book that has inspired him, David says that he never brags about the company’s success just showing how much of an exemplary leader he is which further justifies why OSI group is the world’s leading supplier of value-added proteins.
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