David McDonald: A 30-Year Veteran Of The Food Services Industry

In the global food services industry, few, if any have more experience and a better reputation for consistently delivering quality work that benefits both their company and their customers than David McDonald. President and chief operating officer of the OSI Group, for over 30 years McDonald has been helping provide clients on five continents with the highest quality food products and support services. At the OSI Group, David McDonald is a key cog in the chain that has helped the company establish over 70 food processing facilities in almost two dozen countries while maintaining excellent food quality, worker safety and environmental sustainability standards.

The Iowa native was born on a farm and has long been interested in biology and agriculture. In addition to that, David McDonald has a degree in animal science from Iowa State University, is multitalented, dedicated and has a work ethic few can match. Since being hired at the OSI Group in 1987 as a project manager, McDonald has earned a series of promotions that resulted in him being named president and COO. He has played a major role in helping the OSI Group to successfully expand into Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America. McDonald has helped the company handle the challenges of dealing with foreign governments, food suppliers and millions of customers.

Since David McDonald joined the OSI Group, the company has established a major foothold in China. They now have 10 food processing facilities there and are the largest processor of poultry products in China. The OSI Group also provides American fast food companies doing business there with the meat, fish, dough and vegetable product they need to operate. David McDonald explained that it is important the OSI Group focus on China because the country has the world’s largest population base. One of the things McDonald has been helpful with is enabling the company to produce foods that are specifically designed to meet the unique dietary taste of diverse cultures.

A husband and father of six, David McDonald is committed to his family, his community and his alma mater, Iowa State University. He volunteers a great deal of time to his church family, generously donates his energy, money and resources to helping Iowa State University to continue to thrive and he has worked very hard to help the OSI Group to continue to grow and remain a global leader in the food service industry.

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