Soon after graduating from Iowa State University, David McDonald joined OSI Group, LLC, a food processing company headquartered in Aurora, Illinois. His skill and expertise over the last 20 years have led to him earning the position of President of the company as well as a position on the company’s board. During his tenure, OSI Group has rapidly expanded and now has facilities in countries around the globe that supply food to many restaurants as well as grocery store private label products. Additionally, David McDonald is the Chairman of the Board for the North American Meat Institute as well as the Independent Director of Marfig Global Foods. See also on Forbes.
As OSI Group’s President, David McDonald is responsible for overseeing the company’s sustainability which includes economic, social, and environmental responsibilities. His leadership led to the company’s UK subsidiary, OSI Food Solutions UK, winning the Globe of Honour Award in 2016 for sustainability and control of environmental risks. His company was one of only 18 organizations to win this award which is given to those companies that meet rigorous environmental standards throughout their operations.
OSI Group has greatly expanded its European operations over the last year. David McDonald negotiated with the Dutch food processing company Baho Foods which led to OSI Group acquiring it in June 2016. When announcing the acquisition, David McDonald said that what Baho Foods offers meshes very well with the products that OSI Group supplies. Another acquisition was in the United Kingdom when OSI Group bought Flagship Europe in December 2016. Flagship Europe supplies many different types of food products such as mayonnaise, sauces, marinades, poultry, and dressings. David McDonald said in a statement at the time that this deal broadened his company’s capabilities in the region and would help them better meet the needs of their clients.