In his present role as President and Chief Operating Officer of OSI Group, David McDonald has brought important leadership to the company. With 30 years of experience with OSI Group, David McDonald has helped to broker many successful acquisitions. With OSI’s purchase of Baho Food in August, 2016, the deal added the Dutch company to OSI Group’s European portfolio of food-related businesses. It was a purchase — as David McDonald noted — that provided a larger presence to Europe for their company.
By purchasing Baho Foods, the OSI Group inherited five subsidiaries. Consequently, some of these five subsidiaries have processing plants located in Germany and in the Netherlands. Those five subsidiaries are Q Smart Life, Bakx Foods, Henri van de Bilt, Gelderland Frischwaren, and Vital Convenience. These five subsidiaries provide food services and resources to approximately 16 countries.
Under David McDonald, and CEO, Sheldon Lavin’s tutelage, their combined business decisions have only helped to maximize OSI Group’s ability to create dynamic, long-lasting, and worthwhile business alliances, internationally. OSI Group’s business partners have a thorough understanding about the importance of understanding a specific work culture, and the unique business practices connected to each of OSI Group’s locations.
With David McDonald’s many years of tenure in the food business, he understands what it takes to succeed in a business sector like food, both domestically, and globally. And this includes understanding emerging markets in countries like China. The OSI Group has recently made progress in China as a company, by connecting with customers, suppliers, and important government agencies to build new OSI facilities. A large portion of OSI Group’s poultry production is facilitated by their subsidiary, OSI China.
David McDonald received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 1987 from Iowa state University. McDonald also serves as Chairman of the North American Meat Institute. One of McDonald’s philosophies when it comes corporate success in the food industry, is to adapt to change. McDonald quipped that change is an essential key to one’s business survival, because the tastes of the consumer are constantly changing. He also noted in an interview that OSI’s customers spur the company to be innovative. McDonald emphasized the key point that within OSI Group, they values family, and that his people and his customers are considered his family.
Headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, OSI Group is a privately held company with 60 facilities and work sites located in approximately 16 countries.