Having grown up on a farm, David McDonald has been in the business of food since a very young age. After graduating from high school in northeast Iowa he enrolled at Iowa State University. Four years later he had a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a job lined up at OSI Group. At this company, he was a project manager and assistant to the CEO Sheldon Lavin. He advanced quickly up the ladder and is now both the president and chief operating officer of OSI Group.
The company that David McDonald works for is now one of the biggest and most successful companies in the food industry. They provide food to a number of quick serve restaurants around the world. It’s a privately held company and one of the largest such companies in the United States. He stays grounded to his roots, though, and generously supplies money to Iowa State University. He regularly provides funds for the Alpha Gamma Rho Scholarship which supports students in the fraternity he was in. He also supports this university’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and lines up internship positions for students of ISU at OSI Group.
As the COO of OSI Group, David McDonald oversees its global supply chain. He is comfortable delegating a lot of responsibilities to the local management teams which work at each of his company’s 65 food processing plants. He says that the local teams are in tune with what is happening in their region in regards to evolving tastes when it comes to food and what consumers in their market are looking for. These teams work with quick serve restaurants in order to feed people and his company offers a menu that is fully customized to what these restaurants need.
David McDonald plays a leading role in the international expansion of OSI Group. He handled the negotiations when his company bought the Dutch firm Baho Foods, for instance, in 2016. In that same year, he was highly involved in the negotiations to buy another company, Flagship Europe which is a British food manufacturer. His ability to work collaboratively with others is one of the main things that has led to his successful career.