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.