David McDonald has dedicated his entire career to OSI Group. The decision has been a good investment for McDonald. He has risen from an intern to COO of the organization. OSI Group is one of the leading manufacturers in the food manufacturing industry. The company is an international brand with subsidiary companies around the world. There are 65 plants operating in 17 different countries. McDonald is charged with the continued expansion of a company that has been growing for 100 years.
David McDonald was raised in a small town in Iowa. He attended Iowa State University and joined OSI Group immediately after college. He began as an intern to Sheldon Lavin. McDonald’s learning experience began as soon as he arrived at OSI. The company was experiencing tremendous growth at the time. It had expanded its interest into the Pacific Rim. OSI was entering into a deal with K&K Foods, which eventually launched the OSI Asia Pacific branch.
David McDonald quickly absorbed the OSI business model. He understood that he must embrace change and look for opportunities to grow along with the company. McDonald has been a part of several key business transactions that have boosted OSI’s presence in the industry over the last few years. Merges with Baho Foods, Flagship Food Group, Turi Foods and Tyson Foods were all managed by McDonald and his team.
Tyson Foods was a local purchase made by OSI. It had been operating in the Chicago area for many years and was in jeopardy of going out of business. David McDonald and his team were able to purchase facilities at Tyson Foods and keep nearly 500 employees from falling into unemployment. McDonald even arranged for many of the Tyson Foods employees to make lateral moves over to the OSI team.
David McDonald secured the acquisitions of Baho Foods and Flagship Food Group. The two European based organizations have special niches in the industry. McDonald is expecting these two organizations to open up new markets within the industry, which will help OSI Group diversify is business model.