President of OSI Group: David McDonald

David McDonald began his journey on a farm in Iowa. where he then graduated with a degree in animal science from Iowa State University. After graduating, he moved to Chicago and started to work at OSI. Now he’s the President of OSI Group, one of the largest global food service providers, and the Chairman of the North America Meat Institute.

OSI Group has had a mission to grow ever since they were a small meat processing facility, serving meat to the local foodservice restaurants. Now they’re a global leader in food service, and David McDonald has had a big hand in helping them grow. Since he became President, OSI Group has acquired Baho Foods, Flagship Europe and Tyson Foods. David was proud of their acquisition of Baho Foods and Flagship Europe, noting that the European based companies would help OSI better serve the needs of their customers there and allow growth. OSI also acquired a processing facility and warehouse from Tyson Foods based in Chicago. This allowed OSI to expand right on their home soil. OSI has a mission for growth, not just for their company, but for the ever growing needs of their customers. These acquisitions made under David McDonald will go a long way to help the company expand and fill those needs. David believes in change, he says to stay competitive in business you need to be able to adapt to change. As new needs come up, he seeks to serve those needs, and so far, he’s succeeding, and what David McDonald knows.

For a global company, sustainability is a big issue. Since David McDonald has been President, OSI released a report indicating their sustainability plans. According to their plans, OSI should see a reduction of energy and water intensity by 10%. Over 125 tons of food was donated from OSI to serve the less fortunate in North America and the Philippines. More than just through OSI, David enjoys giving back. He keeps close ties to his alma mater and supports his fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho through scholarships, and also volunteers at a local parish in Illinois, and read full article.

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