For David McDonald, the president and CEO of international food processing giant the OSI Group, his most important job is providing customers with high quality, tasty, nutrient-rich products. It’s essential he deliver value for their money and exceed their expectation if the company is to continue to be a world leader in the food industry. McDonald holds himself and his staff to the highest production standards and encourages innovation to meet the unique needs of customers from diverse cultures all over the world. That commitment has resulted in millions of loyal customers.
Since joining the OSI Group over 30 years ago after graduating from Iowa State University, David McDonald has delivered consistently impressive performance. That has led to him receiving a series of promotions which saw him start as a project manager and eventually become president and chief operating officer of the company. McDonald has a can-do attitude and an excellent work ethic developed by being raised on a farm. He also has a diverse skill set. His ability to handle the technological, infrastructure and staff training and management issues has made him invaluable to the company’s growth.
David McDonald’s ability to work closely with government agents and local suppliers while ensuring the OSI Group’s food production facilities are in compliance with local laws and customs has been essential for the company’s global expansion. McDonald has played a seminal role in the OSI Group’s growth in China and building 10 facilities for processing poultry there. He was also instrumental in the company’s purchase of Holland’s Baho Foods and the UK food company Flagship Europe. Together with the OSI Group’s facilities in Spain, Poland and Hungary, those acquisitions have significantly increased the number of customers the company has in Europe.
Even with his farming background and degree in animal science, David McDonald still relies on other sources of information to help him better do his job. One of those sources is the book “Time Management from a Cross-Cultural Perspective”. McDonald says it provides him with both theoretical insights and practical advice he uses in his business interactions. That information has turned out to be invaluable because David McDonald has helped the OSI Group to build more than 70 food processing facilities in almost 20 countries and satisfy the needs of a wide range of customers in 85 nations.
David McDonald has helped the OSI Group become a global food industry giant.
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