OSI Group’s President and Chief Operating Officer David G. McDonald has been with the top 100 American food company since 1987. The Iowa native was born in 1964 and graduated from Iowa State University. He initially took a project manager position with the Aurora, Illinois based OSI Group.From the beginning, David’s duties at OSI included extending the global reach of the company. His early focus was on expansion in Latin America and Asia. Today, as President and COO, David continues to play a major role in OSI Group’s continued expansion into new markets around the world.
Recent Inspirery Interview:
David sat down with Inspirery recently for an interview about his career and all things OSI Group related. When asked how he got started with the company David responds that “After I graduated from college, I joined OSI Group. I was at the bottom of the totem pole but managed to work my way up.” Regarding the huge successes at OSI Group over his year with the company, David reveals that he “always shared the vision of OSI, which is to meet and surpass customer expectations.” On the topic of what has made himself and OSI Group successful, David believes that his “success is rooted in my company’s ability to create valuable partnerships. Every piece of our organization has a grasp of the culture in a particular geographic area. This helps us to create a budget and make effective decisions.” This local knowledge aspect of OSI’s business model in its varying markets has been a key point David has focussed on. He encourages constant communication between OSI’s head office team and the regional managers out in the field. The result is that the company has a great understanding of the tastes of the cultures that they are doing business with in different regions of the globe.
Aquisition of Tyson Food Plant:
The recent acquisition of the closed down Tyson food processing operation in Chicago has added a second facility to the OSI Group team in the region. The greatly increased production out of the Chicago region will go a long way to helping OSI meet and go beyond customer expectations.
David McDonald On the Acquisition Baho Food:
OSI Group’s purchases of major Dutch food company Baho Food has strengthened the company’s standing in its critical European market and added a great deal in terms of product lines to OSI. David McDonald spoke about the acquisition, stating that “Adding Baho Food to our OSI Europe business gives OSI a broader presence in Europe…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.”
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