When Iowa native David McDonald graduated form Iowa State University in 1987, he was hired by food processing company the OSI Group as a project manager. That was 30 years ago. Today, McDonald is the company’s president and chief operating officer and the OSI Group is now a major force in the global food industry. David McDonald has played a pivotal role in the growth and expansion of the company. He has used his degree in animal science, unique understanding of the food processing industry, wide array of business skills, ability to work with suppliers, staff and government agencies and sensitivity to the needs of the consumers, to help the company succeed.
Although David McDonald was given the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award at Iowa State University for his excellence in the classroom, few knew the prodigious skills possessed. Working at the OSI Group and constantly being given positions with more and greater responsibilities, McDonald was able to develop into an amazing leader and business executive. Not only has he excelled at the OSI Group, David McDonald also served as the North American Meat Institute’s president, a Marfrig Global Foods S.A. independent director and Australia based OSI Foods International’s director.
The OSI Group does business in dozens of companies and as president and COO David McDonald is intimately involved in a wide variety of capacities. That makes him a very busy man. One of the resources he said has helped him handle his responsibilities in foreign countries is the book ‘Time Management from a Cross-Cultural Perspective. McDonald says it has provided him with theoretical insights as well as practical advice he has been able to apply in the business interactions he has overseas. That has been crucial in keeping the company’s ambitious ongoing expansion efforts flowing smoothly.
At the OSI Group David McDonald is valuable because of the wide range of skills he possesses. They include strategic planning, product development, cross-functional team leadership, forecasting, supply chain and inventory management, marketing strategy, contract negotiation, operations management, process improvement and much more. Over the past 20 years the OSI Group has been focused on the Chinese market. McDonald has used those skills to establish strong relationships while meeting and surpassing the expectation of their customers. Today, the OSI Group is China’s largest poultry producer.
Hiring David McDonald was one of the smartest moves management at the OSI Group ever made.
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