David McDonald, president of the global food processing and distribution behemoth the OSI Group, has spent his entire 30 year career with the company. McDonald was hired in 1987 when he graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. At ISU McDonald was an excellent student and won several awards. Since joining the OSI Group, he has become a valued employee and received a number of promotions that included him being named chief operating officer and eventually president of the company. McDonald has played a significant role in the company’s global expansion.
An Iowa native, David McDonald grew up on a farm. That sparked his interest in animal science and gave him valuable insights into the field. A proud alumnus of Iowa State University, McDonald continues to make valuable contributions to the school. He has contributed to the university’s scholarship fund, helped set up an internship program at the OSI Group for ISU students and even arranged for ISU students to visit OSI Group facilities in China. At least one student from the trip has since been hired by the company. Two of David McDonald‘s children are students at Iowa State University.
McDonald has also made several valuable contributions to the meat processing industry. With his extensive knowledge of industry operations and experience in international business, David McDonald was chosen as the North American Meat Institute chairman and member of its board of directors. He is also Australia based OSI International Foods Pty Limited’s director. Since December 2008, McDonald has also served as Marfrig Global Foods S.A.’s independent director. He’s also on the board of directors of the OSI Group.
David McDonald’s position as COO means he plays an important role in helping the logistics team at the OSI Group work with marketers and customers in the constantly evolving global food services market. McDonald was also instrumental in the company’s acquisition of Dutch food processing company Baho Foods as the OSI Group works to expand its presence in Europe. During the three decades David McDonald has worked with the OSI Group, the company has established 10 poultry handling facilities in China that serve a number of well-known American fast-food companies including McDonald’s, Starbucks and Pizza Hut. Currently residing in Warrenville, Illinois with his wife and 6 children, David McDonald is very active in his community and does volunteer service for St. Michaels parish in Wheaton, Illinois and to know more