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David McDonald and the OSI Group

David G. McDonald is the President and COO (Chief Operating Officer) at OSI Group, a multi-national food processing company currently with over 65 facilities in 17 countries.

Childhood and Early Career

David G. McDonald was born in Northeast Iowa, in 1964. He spent his childhood on a farm and acquired his formal education in the same state. In 1987, he received Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University.

Soon after graduating, McDonald joined OSI Industries beginning his career at OSI as a Project Manager. His principal role was to expand the industry’s business globally with his focus on Central and South America and Asia, a feat David McDonald successfully achieved over the years.

David McDonald is credited with providing astute guidance to the OSI Group. In fact, he is the force following the decision of the Group to donate over 252,000 lbs. of meat products to American food banks used to feed citizens struggling financially. McDonald has transformed the OSI Group into global network run expanding its operations and increasing its size. All this can be attributed to McDonald creation of efficient and sensitive-to-culture local management teams.

In 2008, Marfrig Frigoríficos e Comércio de Alimentos acquired OSI Group’s European and Brazilian operations, and McDonald served as independent director. McDonald sits in the board of directors of the OSI Group, and further a director of Australian based OSI International Foods Pty Limited.

Membership and Active Roles

McDonald is also served as Chairman of the meat industry most significant association, the American Meat Institute. In January 2015, a new entity called the North American Meat Institute, a merger between the American Meat Institute and North American Meat Association, named him Chairman.

He remains an active member of the Executive Board of the North American Meat Institute.
McDonald is married with six children. He is a family man and active in his community and church. He served as a member of the St. Michael School Board and actively participates in the St. Michael Parish. In addition, his active role is extended to various events and activities sponsored by Iowa State University.

In 1992, McDonald led the company to start the first meat processing plant in Beijing and has been supplying the best meat products and healthiest across China ever since. The OSI meat processing plant in Beijing was awarded a contract as the only suppliers of meat-based products during the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, through David’s input.

Under his esteemed guidance and leadership, the area meat market of Chicago has bloomed into a multimillion-dollar enterprise.

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