In a February, 2017 interview published in CEOCFO Magazine. David McDonald, current President and Chief Operating Officer of the OSI Group, LLC, discussed how he encourages innovation and a sense of entrepreneurship at the company. He stated that, in large part, it is the clients who inspire the employees of OSI to be inventive in creating ground breaking solutions for everyday problems. McDonald stated that he believes that it is the real-world challenges which are raised by customers when asking for practical solutions to existing obstacles that enable the company to put their best foot forward.
According to McDonald, when an issue is raised that has a tight deadline, it motivates OSI workers to think outside the box. The employees creatively utilize consumer insight to generate improved food development, resources and products. Client inspiration and motivation also helps motivate OSI business leaders, McDonald stated. This occurs when management can determine effective ways to use global sourcing to generate novel and cost-effective methods for solving their customer’s problems.
A resident of northeast Iowa through his college years, McDonald was raised on a farm, which influenced his future aspirations. In 1987 McDonald graduated from Iowa State University after having completed his undergraduate degree in animal science. He also received the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award, an early indicator of his future leadership abilities. Joining OSI Industries upon graduation, McDonald moved to Chicago and began his steady climb up the ladder to become the company’s president and COO.
OSI Industries provisions food services to companies across the globe as an international premier supplier. OSI has offices in 17 countries representing more than 65 individual facilities and employing more than 20,000 employees. The company concentrates on making high quality food products accessible to its customers, constantly striving to increase customer satisfaction through an individualized approach.
Some of Mr. McDonald’s more impressive accomplishments include improving global food production sustainability and working with OSI China to supply the Beijing 2008 Olympics games with food. McDonald is also credited with increasing the company’s presence in Europe through the purchase of Baho Food. He had this to say about the purchase: “The company’s portfolio of products and brands complements OSI’s current processing strengths while broadening our capabilities to best serve the evolving needs of our customers.”
In addition to currently serving as President and COO at OSI Group, LLC. McDonald is a member of the Board of Directors for the North American Meat Institute having also served among the organization’s past chairmen. McDonald also functions as an Independent Director at Marfrig Global Foods S.A.