David McDonald: ISU Grad Making An Impact At The OSI Group

For over 30 years, David McDonald has played a number of very important roles for the global food processing company the OSI Group. An Iowa native, McDonald was hired by the company in 1987. With his degree in animal science, love for biology and agriculture and years spent growing up on a farm, he was a perfect fit for the OSI Group. Initially hired as a project manager, David McDonald has worked his way up the corporate ladder and is now president and COO of the company. He has also played a key role in the OSI Group’s expansion into a brand with a growing international customer base.

Known for his diverse skillset and his ability to work in harmony with governmental agencies, local suppliers and marketing people in a wide range of countries, David McDonald has emerged as the ‘go to’ guy when issues arise. He is known for his ability to quickly handle technical issues and all of the challenges the OSI Group faces as it penetrates new markets around the globe. McDonald has been indispensable as the company continues to make inroads into the Chinese markets and establish itself as a favorite with consumers. With the help of David McDonald, the OSI Group has built 10 poultry processing facilities in China.

A proud graduate of Iowa State University, David McDonald is still closely associated with the school. He works with the ISU Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, donates to the school’s scholarship fund and has helped organize internship opportunities for ISU students. Plus, two of David McDonald’s children are students at Iowa State University. His close friends say his other 4 children will attend the school as well. McDonald is so intimately involved with and makes such significant contributions to Iowa State University, the school’s alumni association voted him Young Alumni of the Year in 2004.

David McDonald currently resides in Warrenville, Illinois with his wife and children and is very active in Wheaton, Illinois based St. Michael Parish. He is also chairman of the North American Meat Institute’s board of directors. McDonald also serves as a Marfrig Global Foods S.A. independent director, as well as a director with Australia based OSI International Foods. David McDonald takes pride in his work and his accomplishments. He often gets positive feedback from clients saying they appreciate the company’s quality products. That gives David McDonald the assurance he’s doing a good job.

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