David McDonald was born in northeast Iowa where he grew up on a farm and spent plenty of time with animals. He decided to follow his calling and studied at Iowa State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. David McDonald was also awarded the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award while attending the university. To this day, he offers scholarship funding to continue his support of education and his fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho. After finishing college, he went to work with OSI Group and stayed with the company until he became its president and COO.
OSI Group acquired the private Dutch Food company, Baho Food, in August of 2016, which is a company that has operating plants in the Netherlands and Germany. The company offers its customers a range of snacks, convenience foods, and deli meats. David McDonald was happy with the acquisition and commented that OSI would be able to expand their European offerings because of Baho Food. He also felt that Baho Food offers products that will nicely complement what OSI is already offering to their European customers.
When David McDonald joined OSI Group, 30 years ago, the company was looking to expand its operations in a big way. Those goals are still a good part of what the company aims for now, and growth and improvement have become a good part of the company‘s culture. Something Mr. McDonald feels satisfied about is the fact that when he first came aboard, OSI was hoping to become more of a global food service provider rather than simply a domestic one. This has been and is being accomplished every single day, and he is glad to see it through.
David McDonald is happy about the growth of the working base of OSI, as well, and many wonder how he has managed to create such an amazing work culture with such a large employee base. When asked about this, Mr. McDonald has spoken about how OSI focuses on the regions that their facilities or other operations take place. Instead of taking it all on at once, he believes it has been best to work with each local area and focus on the needs of their employees in each region. Eventually, OSI Group put together a system where corporate approvals have to be made for large expenditures or other decisions that can effect the company as a whole. This gives OSI the ability to truly serve each local community it operates in while also taking care of the greater good of its entirety.