David “Dave” McDonald is the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of OSI Group. OSI is a privately held American company and the parent company of OSI Food Solutions Germany. As the international leader of retail food services, OSI is responsible for supplying global organizations with chef-designed, easy prep, food products. The spectrum of premium food products include: beef, pork, poultry and bacon processing and hot dog and speciality sausage, and fried foods. One of the largest amount of food products ever supplied in China was at the Beijing Olympics. Then four years later, in September, 2012, OSI Group celebrated 20 years in China. When David McDonald was asked about the “catalyst” for success of OSI in China. He said, “understanding the needs of the local customers and understanding the culture.”
Before being promoted to COO and President, David McDonald was the Project Manager of OSI. He attended Iowa State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. In 1987, shortly before completing his undergraduate education, Dave McDonald won the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award, later he joined OSI industries. He’s served as past board member of the largest association in the meat processing industry, the American Meat Institute. Currently, Dave remains an active member for the Executive Board of the North American Meat Institute. The biggest expansion of OSI Industries was the decision to acquire Baho Food in 2016. The acquisition was key to expanding the European market to keep pace with the increasing demand.
In his private time, David McDonald is active on his children’s school board and with church and community activities. He lives in Warrenville, Illinois with his wife, Malinda and their six children. Another area of interest to him is his alma mater, Iowa State University. He provides scholarship funding to his fraternity at the University, Alpha Gamma Rho. But, Dave’s involvement doesn’t end there, through OSI industries he also supports other students of the University by offering internship opportunities. The internship program is a part of a larger platform, the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. Since graduating in 1987, David McDonald has remained an active present in Alumni affairs, even helping in naming a new arena. Due to his generous contributions of time and funding, in 2004 he was presented with the ISU Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award. The award is given to alumni who maintain a “rewarding” relationship with the University.
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