David McDonald is the Chief Operating Officer and the current President of OSI International Foods, one of the leading companies specializing in food processing globally. David McDonald was born in Pennsylvania to Welsh immigrants. He went to the Catholic Parochial School. He is an alumnus of the Iowa State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Prior to being named the president of the company, he served as the company’s project manager. Mr. McDonald used to be the Director of Marfrig Global Foods. He is a member of the board of directors of OSI group. He is also the Director of OSI International Foods Pty Limited based in Australia.
OSI Group is a global company specializing in the supply of value-added proteins like sausage links, beef patties, sandwiches and pizza to food services and retail brands. The company has branches in Europe, China and in the United States. The company in 2016, launched its expansion plans of new processing and production plants globally. OSI group also acquired the Baho Food, a Dutch private company specializing in processing meat and food services. Baho Food has five subsidiary companies and functions in Germany and Netherlands with customers located in over eighteen European countries. According to David McDonald, the acquisition has expanded the market for OSI group in Europe and has increased the OSI Group’s capabilities of serving their customers’ requirements across Europe.
McDonald has achieved numerous things at OSI Group. Under his leadership, the company achieved the ISO14001 certification for environmental certification. The company’s North American branch donated food to Feeding America. David acknowledged that the donation will ensure there are sustainable environmental resources.
David developed a well-organized management team to govern OSI. The team focusses the integration of different cultures and tastes in the organization. The team of professionals provides solutions to their customers. The company decided to concentrate more on China because the country has a larger population. The company has served the Chinese population for over two decades and has grown with the China’s economy. The company recently opened a modern feed mill in China’s Shandong Province that has an annual capacity of 600,000 metric tons of food.
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OSI Group is the leading supplier of value-added protein products. However, the success currently being enjoyed by the Aurora, Illinois-based multinational is born out of strategic decisions made intentionally to ensure that the company not only consolidate its presence within the domestic American market but also establish the company’s reputation globally. However, operating within the global marketplace presents significant organizational culture challenges due to cultural differences especially in countries such as China with significant cultural differences with the United States. OSI Group, under the leadership of David McDonald who is the company president has developed a strategic management approach that ensures that the leadership of their global outlets are managed by the locals. Local management ensures that the privately-owned company with decades of operations incorporates the concept of globalization with a touch of localization. Hiring of local management teams is a key management model that Mr. McDonald has successfully promoted in various regions including China, which presents one of the largest market potential for the company.
Towards OSI Group’s Expansion
As the chief executive officer and president of OSI Group, David McDonald has pursued an expansionist strategy aimed at ensuring that the company increases its presence in the global markets with significant focus on China and Europe. Towards this end, he guided the company into acquiring companies in Europe while also opening operational outlets in China. The company’s acquisition of Baho Food will significantly increase the company’s presence in Europe as the deal comes with five additional subsidiaries predominantly operating in European countries including Netherlands and Germany. The company has continued to expand its operations within the American domestic market as well as opening new outlets in China and acquiring new entities to build its portfolio.
David McDonald’s success at OSI Group and other companies he has served in various positions stems from his deep knowledge of the industry operations. He has a strong academic background in animals; a primary source of their value-added products David McDonald OSI Group sells globally. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University where he specialized in Animal Science. Combined with his over 30 years of experience working in the industry, his academic qualification played a key role in his appointment as the chairman of North American Meat Institute.
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