As President and COO of OSI Group, adapting to the ever-changing needs of the consumer is the key to the company’s success. David McDonald has been with OSI Group for 30 years; he started as a project manager in his first role at OSI Group.
David McDonald’s ability to lead and his impressive track record at the executive level, has earned OSI much praise for its high level of excellence in the food sector.
Over his lengthy occupation as COO, David McDonald has bettered OSI Group by attaining key business milestones and successfully expanding into many international markets like Europe, India, and China. OSI Group has also received awards and commendations during McDonald’s long business tenure at OSI. McDonald joined OSI Group thirty years ago as a project manager.
In regards to David McDonald educational background, he earned a bachelor’s degree in from Iowa State University in Animal Science in 1987. McDonald currently serves as the Chairman of the North American Meat Institute. One of McDonald’s philosophies about business success is that a company like OSI Group should be able to adapt to meet the continually changing needs and tastes of the consumer, and food trends. McDonald notes that by being flexible and adapting to market shifts, a business has a high likelihood of surviving. McDonald also quipped that it is important to listen to the consumer because they are the actual innovators.
Under COO, David McDonald and CEO, Sheldon Lavin, the senior executives decided to purchase Baho Foods, a Dutch food company in August of 2016. This acquisition, as McDonald asserted, would provide a stronger presence for OSI in Europe.
In December 2016, OSI Group bought UK-based food company, Flagship Europe. Flagship Europe is one of the subsidiaries of the Flagship Food Group, an American company headquartered in Denver, Colorado.
Today, OSI Group operates in 17 countries, maintains 67 facilities, which are located worldwide, and has approximately, 20 thousand employees.
Founded as Otto & Sons, Inc., in 1909, this family-owned meat business was based in Chicago, Illinois. However, Otto & Sons began to grow when it started to supply meat for the future, world-renowned hamburger franchise, McDonald’s. Since those early days of Otto & Sons, the company has become a billion-dollar company, that is today called OSI Group. And according to Forbes, OSI Group is the 58th biggest private company in America. OSI Group is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois.
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