David McDonald is a legend in the foodservice industry. The Iowa native is the President, Chief Operating Officer and Board Member for OSI Group, an international food processing company that supplies some of the world’s most iconic brands in food. OSI clients include McDonald’s, KFC, Subway, Papa John’s and Burger King. David joined OSI Group in 1987, rising to his current position after years of dedicated service. His visionary brand of leadership has seen huge growth in OSI Group’s global brand with expansion ranging from Hungary to China. 10 total Chinese facilities have been opened since David has been with the company, the newest one opening recently. OSI Group expects that soon it will be the number one producer of processed chicken in China.
OSI Group has done a lot of recent expansion by way of acquisition. Baho Food and Flagship Europe were recently acquired to boost OSI’s European market. Bahoo Food is based in the Netherlands and Flagship in the U.K. Flagship Europe will also be rebranded under the name Creative Foods Europe. OSI has also acquired a highly valuable food processing plant in Chicago that was formerly under the operation of Tyson. This second Chicago area plant is expected to as much as double the production coming out of that region. David McDonald has been very excited about all of these recent acquisitions. Regarding the big moves in Europe, he commented on how Baho and Flagship are going to be huge boosts to OSI Group’s footprint in Europe and a big boost in the product line. The move is expected to bring in new large corporate accounts.
David McDonald attended Iowa State University, graduating in 1987 with his degree in animal science. His first position with OSI Group was as a project manager tasked with growing the company’s business in the Asian market. David’s success in China is proof of how committed he remains to this task even today. On the way to becoming President and Chief Operating Officer, David was previously Chairman of North American Meat Institute as well as working at Marfig Global as a director.
David demonstrates a commitment to maintaining OSI Group’s core values of top notch customer service and a family culture within the operations of the company. This culture has always been fostered by OSI Chief Executive Officer Sheldon Lavin and sets OSI apart from many companies of similar size. At OSI Group, customers and employees are all considered family.
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