David McDonald: Wants to go Global, Think Local

David McDonald is the current president and chief operating officer of OSI Group a privately held company and a leading company in the food industry with branches in the United States, Europe, and China. OSI Group has its headquarters in Aurora, Illinois and is a global leader in value added protein base products such as pizza, sandwiches, beef patties and sausage links.

David McDonald was born in Iowa in 1964 and attended the Iowa State University from 1983 to 1987 where he pursued a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. David joined OSI, a Chicago based company in 1991 where he served as project manager. OSI operates in 17 countries with over 50 facilities. According to McDonald, OSI’s success globally is due to its adaptation of local cultures, they understand the needs of their local partners and listen first and apply solutions second. David McDonald says the hugest success of OSI Group has been in China where they have been based for over 20 years. His main approach to business there is not to compromise in quality of products and investing in time there to understand the market and continue to build trust.

As the president of OSI, David McDonald insists on quality and safety of the company’s products while still ensuring that they are affordable, healthy and tasty. David has an ambitious expansion plan in China where OSI already has eight factories and is constructing two more to make it the largest supplier of poultry products in the country. Currently, it supplies Subway, Burger King, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Yum and many other fast food and restaurants in China.

David McDonald has also targeted the European market, and in 2016 he orchestrated and the purchase of Baho Foods a Dutch-based manufacturing company which produces snacks, deli meats, and convenience foods. Baho foods has subsidiaries with processing plants in Germany and Netherlands with brands such as Bakx Foods, Henrs van de Bilt, Q Smart Life and Vital Convenience that are in over 18 countries. David McDonald says adding Baho to its portfolio enhances presence across Europe as their products complement those of OSI enabling it to serve and evolve with the needs of its customers.

David McDonald is married to Malinda, and together they have six children and reside in Chicago, Illinois. He is a charitable person and offers scholarships to his fraternity in Iowa University and is an active member of the St. Michael Parish in Wheaton Illinois.

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