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David McDonald: A Leader Who Has Pursued Dramatic Growth

David McDonald is a business leader who has helped OSI grow dramatically over the years. Today, Mr. McDonald has numerous roles, serving as the President and Chief Operating Officer at OSI Group, Project Manager of OSI Industries, and Chairman of North American Meat Institute. Mr. McDonald is a Member of OSI Group’s board of directors. He also serves as Director of OSI International Foods (Australia) Pty Limited. All of this from his humble start as a major in Animal Science from Iowa State University.

In his time as a leader and manager, he was responsible for helping OSI Group, L.L.C. obtain Baho Food, a Dutch manufacturer of convenience foods, deli meats and bites serving the food service retail segments. Although financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, it was a major acquisition for the firm. He has said that adding Baho Food to the OSI Europe company gave OSI a wider presence in Europe. The company’s portfolio of products and brands complements OSI’s recent processing strengths while broadening its capabilities to best serve the evolving needs of their customers.

David McDonald was not there at the beginning of OSI, but when he joined the firm 30 decades ago, OSI Group needed a huge expansion. That appetite for growth remains now. The constant urge to grow and improve is a cornerstone of the company itself, along with the vision at that time, to be truly global and also to be a valued partner to their clients. OSI’s partners and customers have enabled them to develop this vision, which today officially claims, “OSI intends to become the Premier Global Food Provider to Leading Branded Companies.” Thus, the company’s vision hasn’t actually changed much, but their relentless drive to enhance and deliver more to their customers drives their growth.

David McDonald believes there is an overall expectation throughout the company’s staff that they’ll go above and beyond to meet the needs of their clients. Oftentimes, that requires creative answers to challenges. It also requires an engagement with their customers that demands sharing and transparency on either side. It requires patience, flexibility and trust based over time that rewards all parties. Ultimately, McDonald believes you pursue growth through mutual partnership.

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