David McDonald: OSI Group’s President And CEO And Proud ISU Alumnus

Since graduating from Iowa State University three decades ago with a B.S in animal science, Iowa native David McDonald has been employed with the OSI Group. His work has been excellent and his knowledge and experience so valuable to the company that he was promoted to chief operating officer several years ago. Currently, McDonald serves as the OSI Group’s president and COO. He works in close coordination with company chairman and CEO Sheldon Lavin to make the company’s plan for global expansion a reality. McDonald’s experience with international business has made him a valuable asset.

Raised in northeast Iowa on a farm, David McDonald has long been involved in processing meat and other foods. He also had an interest in biology and agriculture. That led him to pursue a degree in animal science at ISU. While at the university, McDonald was very active in the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Since graduating, he has helped the organization with scholarship funding, their fundraising campaign to build AGR house and the naming of the new AGR Fraternity Arena after Marvin J. Walter. In 2004, the Iowa State University Alumni Association gave David their Young Alumni award.

A husband and father of 6, McDonald and his family currently live in Warrenville, Illinois. He is very active in his local community and works tirelessly to support his church family in Wheaton, Illinois’ St. Michael parish. McDonald’s two eldest children are students at Iowa State University and he works with ISU’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. McDonald believes in the ability of ISU to provide a quality education and is such a huge Cyclones fan, most people that know what a special place the school holds in his heart believe his other children will attend the university as well.

At the OSI Group, David McDonald has played a major part in the company’s growth and expansion in China, India, South Africa and Australia. He’s the director of OSI International Foods Pty Limited which is based in Australia. McDonald’s extensive international business experience and vast knowledge of meat industry operations played a role in him being voted chairman of the North American Meat Institute and becoming a member of their board. He was also involved in the OSI Group’s purchase of Flagship Europe and Dutch owned Baho Foods. Adding these companies has helped to increase the OSI Group’s customer base, presence and influence in the European food service market.

Israeli’s former Ambassador, Daniel Taub

Due to the perception that the British had on the Israelis, some constituencies and campus had declared themselves Israeli free zones. One such constituency was Bradford West which was spearheaded by its MP, George Galloway. Nothing associated with the Israeli was accepted in such regions including business activities.

However, despite the ban, the former Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub visited the area. He did not do it to ignore George’s ban, but he visited Bradford to honor some invitations he had received. From his observation, David Taub found that the people of Bradford were not actually keen on George’s ban but they were warm and ready to welcome diversity. This meant that George did not actually represent the people’s opinions but his own.

In his wise words, David Taub commented that the past of the Israeli people should not be taken to their future since they are in a process of making a better future for themselves. Although George Galloway has been an anti-Israel activist since time immemorial, David was never hard on his statements but he was able to reason uprightly.

Taub always tell people to focus on the future and leave what happened in the past. He advocates for better lives rather than miserable ones that can be caused by hate and pain which could have been created from the past.

He is an international lawyer by profession and had worked for Israeli’s foreign ministry in legal, political and diplomatic posts. He has been nominated for the award for developing trade and business. Taub is a public speaker and a lecturer and has been featured in some of the most famous broadcasts.

Taub has been the Israeli ambassador in the UK and during his tenure; he strengthened the relationship between the Israeli and the UK. Apart from being actively involved in many roles, Daniel is an author and has written many articles that appear in some of the most influential journals. He is also a script writer and has written a diplomatic book that helps in understanding biblical text.

As a UK born Israeli, Daniel received his education from Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, University College in London and University College in Oxford. After completing his studies, he went back to his home country where served in the defense forces at different capacities before returning to the UK to serve as an ambassador. He is the current Director of planning and strategy at Yad Hanadive Foundation. Learn more: https://soundcloud.com/danieltaub

 

 

 

 

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