David McDonald is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of OSI group. He was born 1965 in Northeast Iowa and raised on a farm. David McDonald attended Iowa State University and graduated in 1987 with a bachelor of science degree in animal science. Immediately after graduating college Mr. McDonald began his career at OSI as a project manager. Mr. McDonald has been with OSI for 30 years. The company was smaller when he first started but the goal and aspiration was for growth. Mr. McDonald stated in an interview with ceocfointerview.com that the current vision of OSI aims to become the premier global food provider to leading branded companies.
The growth of OSI is driven by the want to improve customer relationships and deliver the best quality product. David McDonald believes that this growth will be achieved by going above and beyond to meet client needs. This involves listening to clients, having flexibility, and transparency on both sides. It is important to establish trust and a positive rapport with the clients. The flexibility and creative ability that OSI has is because they are a privately owned company. Mr. McDonald states that management decisions are based on the customers and the market. David McDonald sees any challenges posed by customers as a chance to be more innovative. The company is constantly trying to improve processing and sourcing.
David McDonald encourages his managers in all departments to take risk and don’t be afraid of failure because they have his full support. Mr. McDonald and OSI have a family mindset within their company. If they can not serve the product to their own families then it can’t be served to the customer. Mr. McDonald’s states if a company can not adjust to change then the company may have an uncertain future. OSI is constantly adapting and this ensures a bright future and a competitive advantage over their competitors. Mr. McDonald has truly taken OSI to the next level in his 30 years with the company. With today’s technology and open-mindedness there will be even more success within the next 30 Years.