Whether you know it or not, you have in all likelihood eaten food items before that were produced by OSI Group. The Aurora, Illinois based food processing and solutions company is one of the global leaders in the field of food wholesale to food service and retail organizations. Anyone would recognize McDonald’s restaurants as a household name, but they might not realize that the food the fast food giant serves is provided by OSI Group. OSI Group also provides food products to other recognizable industry names such as Papa John’s and KFC, just to name a few more. The company was founded as a local meat grocer in Oak Park, Illinois just a few years after the turn of the Twentieth Century and had been growing ever since. The company now has major operations in seventeen different countries globally in which a total of eighty facilities operate. The company has been on a continual path of expansion over the last forty plus years under the guidance of visionary executives such as Chief Executive Officer Sheldon Lavin and President David McDonald. These expansions have continued recently with some significant gains in the European and Australian markets.
OSI Group’s President and board member David McDonald has been with the company since his 1987 graduation from Iowa State University. His role with OSI from the very beginning saw him involved in company expansion and growth initiatives and he continues to work hard in these areas today as one of the firms top executives. David McDonald believes that the growth of partnerships have been a major driving factor in why OSI Group has been able to succeed at expanding to such a global level of success. David McDonald foresees this sort of success continuing along the path it has been on in the coming years. In his assessment, David believes the company will accomplish this by both continuing to do what it has always done, provide its customers with the best possible service, while also continuing to find ways to innovate and come up with the most creative solutions for customers in an always changing market.
Recent years have seen big gains for OSI Group. Of particular note have been the company’s expansion efforts in Europe which have seen the acquisitions of Dutch company Baho Food and British company Flagship Europe as well as a huge upgrade to the processing capacity of the firm’s plant in Toledo, Spain. OSI Group also recently announced a major merger with Australian food provider Turi Foods. David McDonald has expressed his excitement in regard to this exciting development and emphasized that the merger is a huge boost to OSI’s ability to serve is Australian customers at the highest level possible.
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David G. McDonald, President and COO of OSI Group, was born and raised in Northwest Iowa. He received Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University in 1987.
That same year David McDonald began working at OSI Group. He began his career there as project manager. As project manager, Mr McDonald’s primary responsibility was expanding the company’s business internationally into Latin America and Asia.
He has been successful at his responsibilities, and his responsibilities have expanded. He currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer for OSI Group. He is also on the Boars of Directors for OSI Group and many of their affliated companies.
Recently OSI Group announced that yhey have aquired Baho Foods. Baho Foods is a Dutch manufacturer of convenience foods such as deli meats and snacks. This aquistition will build OSI Group’s presence in Europe. David McDonald believes rhat Baho Foods is a perfect compliment to their brand, and their food products are just what their customers are looking for and interested in.
Baho Foods has five processing plants in Germany and the Netherlands, and they serve customers in 18 different countries. The current management team of Baho Foods will remain and work together with OSI Group to continue serving customers in this region of the world.
Mr McDonald attributes the success of OSI Group to the partnerships they have built over the years. Every part of the organization serves and is representative of a piece of their global organization
David McDonald has grown with the company, and started at the bottom. In a sense, he has grown with OSI Group as well. Everything he does is for the benefit of the business. He recently purchased a watch that will help him keep track of the time in all the different time zones the company operates. It takes a great effort to run a global operation such as OSI Group.
Although the company is successful, David never feels the need to brag about their success. He wants others to feel like they want to learn more about the company. The company’s success is recognized by the positive feedback from the clients they serve. This recognition assures Mr McDonald that OSI Group is doing their job.
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For thirty years, Mr. McDonald has held different leadership positions at OSI Industries, and he currently serves as OSI Chairman and President. The company is a privately owned global food processor headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. His career journey and that of OSI Industries has been a successful tale. David has seen the company grow from one level of growth to another although he admits that he cannot speak on behalf of the company’s original vision at inception. What he took over is the responsibility of chairing a company with huge growth appetite. David propelled OSI’s humble beginnings of serving nationwide localities from whence he took over to what it is today, a Premier Global Food Provider.
David’s educational background
David is an Iowa State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science (specialty in Animal Science). This impressive and vigorous background made him the best suitable candidate at OSI in 1987. His thirty year’s experience as a leader and manager in this global food processor together with his educational credentials have also earned him a post as chairman and key board of directors member at North American Meat Institute.
When you talk International Business, David has proven his maturity in this field over and over. A record 30 years spent in a global company plus he hopes to achieve force to reckon. In his resume, David mentions a set of 48 skills up his sleeve. However, there are 15 which are outstanding, and they include:
-new business development
-supply chain management
David’s most remarkable moves at OSI
OSI’s global ventures stem with homebound branches across America and the global ones in China and Europe. The company has been operational in China for over 20 years with eight operational factories and two on the way. In China, OSI’s chief clients are Yum, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Papa John’s, Saizeriya, Subway and Burger King.
Another of OSI’s successful venture was the acquisition of Baho Foods food processing company with five subsidiaries across Netherlands and Germany. All these subsidiaries have been in operation for almost 60 years and are famed for their history in serving a variety of customers in 18 European countries.
Baho Foods gave OSI a prominent stake within European borders, and from David’s perspective, it was a growth move worth the taking