Iowa native David McDonald grew up around animals. He was raised on a northern Iowa farm. McDonald then attended Iowa State University where he earned a B.S. in animal science in 1987. A bright student, David McDonald won the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award. After graduation, he was hired by the global meat and food processing giant the OSI Group. Over the years McDonald has held a variety of different positions of increasing importance with the company. Today, David McDonald is the chief operating officer and president of the OSI Group.
A husband and father of 6, David McDonald lives in Warrenville, Illinois with Belinda, his wife, and their children. He is very much involved in his community and St. Michael Parish located in Wheaton, Illinois. McDonald is also active in Iowa State University. He helped to organize the schools’ Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. In 2011 David McDonald arranged for a group of ISU students to go to China to visit the OSI facilities there. He also funds scholarships at the school and helped set up internships opportunities at the OSI Group for ISU students.
In addition to his work with the OSI Group, David McDonald is also the North American Meat Institute chairman and member of the board of directors. His work with the American Meat Institute, knowledge of industry operations, experience working with farm animal and natural aptitude for international business have made him a valuable asset to the OSI Group. Over the past 30 years, David McDonald has played a key role in the OSI Group’s international expansion. He helped the company set up a global network of offices and production facilities all over the world that positioned them very well.
According to David McDonald, the company’s size and use of local management teams that understand the taste of the local people enabled them to gain a foothold in many communities worldwide. Plus, the OSI Group’s efficient production methods, large scale operations and value-added products helped them become a powerful force in the global food industry. The company has grown to the point where they now have over 65 facilities located in 17 countries around the world.
Over the past 20 years, the OSI Group has made deep inroads into the Chinese market. McDonald explained that China is the company’s focus because it’s the world’s largest consumer market and has a huge population that’s becoming more affluent.