Category: Food

David McDonald: President & Chief Operating Officer of OSI Group

The beginning of the supply chain for OSI Industries is the farm, coincidentally the same place where the current president of the global leader of the food industry, David McDonald, got his start as well. Raised on a farm in northeast Iowa and a proud graduate of Iowa State University, McDonald went to work at OSI Industries just out of college. McDonald has risen up the ranks from project manager to president and chief operating officer (COO) over the course of his three decade employment.

OSI Group is a global enterprise that employs over 20,000 individuals in 17 countries at more than 65 facilities. OSI Group has a respectable history that began as a small mom and pop operation which was given the opportunity for tremendous growth when McDonald’s restaurants franchised. Formerly known as Otto & Sons, the company invested heavily in cryogenic freezing technology which allowed them to accommodate huge growth.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s OSI expanded globally through a series of joint ventures with companies in the Pacific Rim, Europe, and Central and South America. It was during this explosive growth phase that David McDonald was first hired. This gave McDonald the opportunity to witness firsthand the technical issues that can accompany partnerships with companies in other localities. It also has provided him with plenty of time for the OSI company culture to settle in.

As David McDonald has risen to his current position as president and COO he has been careful to keep the OSI Group corporate philosophy in his sites. David McDonald is working to ensure a distinct element of research and sustainability on each level of the processing ladder throughout the company. In fact, many of the OSI processing facilities have attained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has even honored the company with recognition of the environmental management systems that they have in place at two of their United States facilities.

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