David McDonald, Leading and Growing OSI Group

David McDonald is COO and President of OSI Group. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University where he graduated in 1987. McDonald serves as Chairman of the North American Meat Institute. He joined OSI Group nearly 30 years ago and has been a part of OSI Group’s extraordinary growth over the years.

McDonald believes this growth has occurred as a result of two main components. First, OSI Group is an international company that operates with a local management mindset. David McDonald says the company is fixed on staying true to its core values of food safety and quality. Because OSI is a family oriented company, it is dedicated to producing top quality products suitable to serve to its own family members. He also says the company has recognized the need to understand the desires of the local customer as well. The “local” customer could refer to those in the U.S., Asia, or Europe since OSI Group operates in 17 countries. Customers in Asia, for example, may not be looking for the same solutions as those in Europe. Understanding and adapting to those needs has helped the growth of OSI.

McDonald says partnering has been another key to the growth of OSI because partnering is required not only with customers but also with government agencies in many cases. Many different regulating agencies are involved in food processing in the U.S. and around the world. McDonald says the “local management” aspect of the business has helped tremendously when it comes to partnering with regulating agencies and understanding the requirements of the many different entities throughout the countries where OSI currently serves.

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