When one thinks about that tasteful pizza, or bacon or even a hot dog, the question that comes to mind is how their availability and consistent quality is guaranteed. Most of the times these delicacies are one call away, a short walk away and so on. OSI Group, an American private holding company that deals with meat processing brings an end to this conundrum. They service retail and food service industries like MacDonald’s, KFC, Starbucks, Subway, Papa John’s Pizza among others. OSI Group has operational facilities in 17 countries worldwide and headquarters in Aurora, Illinois. Food safety and food quality assurance is at the heart of OSI Group’s service through the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point and Global Food Safety Initiative. For this kind of huge success, there has to be a certain level of discipline employed in the supply chain as well as very strong leadership at the top.
Among the leaders is the notable David McDonald, an experienced entrepreneur who has been of service to OSI Group for 31 years and is currently its President and Chief Operating Officer. He also serves on OSI Group’s Board of Directors. He is a widely successful executive as can be proved by his previous positions, among them, Chairman of the North American Meat Institute and today remains active on the Executive Board of the North American Meat Institute. David McDonald also served on the Board of Directors of Marfrig Alimentos, S.A. He was born and raised in Iowa and joined and graduated from Iowa State University in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and was as well the recipient of the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award.
David McDonald joined OSI Group in 1987 immediately after graduation where he was Project Manager. Over the years, David has grown with the company to the global giant it is today, and he, its President. Under his leadership, the company has acquired over ten Chinese facilities that deal with poultry and recently a Dutch company, Baho Foods. Asked how he achieved such tremendous success, David McDonald says it was his vision, shared with OSI to meet customer expectations. He praises the company’s grasp of cultures in different geographic areas as key to understanding customer needs and consequently satisfying them. Additionally, he posits that teamwork and the creation of partnerships with suppliers and government agencies have been instrumental in the company’s growth.
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