David McDonald started as a farm boy in Iowa, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University (ISU) in 1987. While at ISU, he also earned the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award for “high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community activities, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni.” Today David McDonald is still devoted to his alma mater, working with the university’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, contributing to the Alpha Gamma Rho scholarship fund and establishing and supporting internship opportunities for ISU students at OSI Group. In 2004 he was presented the ISU Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award, and in 2014 he earned The Emerging Philanthropist Award from the Iowa State University Foundation.
Joining food processors OSI Group right out of college, David McDonald spent the next thirty years learning the business by working in a number of different positions, starting as a project manager and leading to his present position as OSI Group’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Along the way, he acquired expertise in food processing, production, and logistics across international borders. Starting as a small butcher shop serving the German population in West Chicago, Otto and Sons, now OSI Group has grown into a worldwide leader in food processing, serving Burger King and McDonald’s restaurants, Papa John’s pizza, Subway subs, Starbucks coffee houses, and clients around the world.
David McDonald was instrumental in the recent expansion of OSI Group into China. Taking over Dutch food company Baho Foods allowed further expansion into Germany and the Netherlands. Buying food processor Flagship Europe allowed even greater expansion into the European marketplace. McDonald has stated that since OSI Group’s business partners understand the business culture in their respective area, the best management decisions are made “closest to our customers,” and rely on the expertise and familiarity of partners from the region. Thanks in large part to McDonald’s stewardship, OSI Group today is a worldwide group of companies with over 65 plants spanning 17 countries and employing over 20,000 people.