David McDonald is the president of OSI Group, which has been seeing plenty of success due to his efforts over the years. McDonald grew up on a farm in Iowa and earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Iowa State University. He earned the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award for his excellent character and achievements and went on to work with OSI as soon as he graduated. Today, he is a part of Iowa State University’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and also supports the Alpha Gamma Rho scholarship fund through donations.
David McDonald was handed the ISU Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award in 2004 for his active role in the alumni association. He was also honored with the Iowa State University Foundation’s Emerging Philanthropist Award. Due to many of his efforts, OSI continues to expand its operations all over the globe and continues to be a leader in the food industry where it offers customized food solutions. Under his watchful eye, the company has grown to 20,000 employees strong with locations in 17 countries. Forbes has ranked it as one of the largest private companies in the United States; estimating that it is worth close to $6.1 billion.
David McDonald has not only worked to grow OSI, but he has also worked to increase its sustainability and how it treats the environment. He has also improved the business culture of the company by encouraging an entrepreneurial business model. He has commented that he believes that the best management decisions can be made by people who are close to the customers in each individual region where the company serves. In this vein, he puts a lot of trust in every employee that works under him. He also believes in the motto of the company, which is that every employee is a part of the family of the company and they they should be treated as such.
OSI Group has a history of innovation and making the right moves at the right time, and David McDonald has been a large part of that. Today, he is present on many occasions when the company makes important acquisitions and mergers. It is hard to sat where OSI would be without a man of his stature at the helm.