David McDonald was born and raised in the state of Iowa. He attended the Iowa State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science in 1987. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award for his exemplary behavior during his time at the institution. Mr. McDonald went on to be employed by OSI Industries in Chicago, where he advanced in his career to the point of being appointed the president and chief operating officer, positions which he holds to this day.
During his tenure as the president and chief operating officer for OSI Industries, David McDonald has been instrumental in helping the company attain productive sustainability and global expansion. OSI Group has grown over the years to become the leading food processing company in the world. They have a presence in 17 countries, operating over 50 facilities in all these. Mr. McDonald appreciates that a company of such size with such an extensive market presence and such diverse target markets cannot adopt a one-fits-all strategy. The strategies employed must be tailored to each market and must be cognizant of the different socio-cultural dynamics of each market. Thus, they have developed an approach that emphasizes on the attainment of global scale efficiency and local solutions for every facility that they operate.
The OSI Group has endeavored to grow at a scale reflective of China’s economic growth in its operations in the country. They have been in the Chinese market for the past 20 years, during which time they have grown to become the leading poultry producer in the country. The company operates eight facilities in China, with two more currently under construction. Over the past two years, there has been a flurry of developments in the Chinese market that point to the company’s growth. They announced the commencement of the construction of a mega plant in Henan Province in September last year while at the same announcing a joint venture with DOYOO Group to form DaOSI. This would be their third fully integrated vertical poultry operation in the country.
Outside China, OSI Group has been growing in other markets as well. Last year alone, it announced the expansion and establishment of seven new facilities around the globe. All this growth has been achieved under the able leadership of David McDonald.
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