Since global food processing giant the OSI Group hired David McDonald 30 years ago as a project manager, he has consistently made so many important, invaluable contributions to the company McDonald was regularly promoted until he was named president and COO of the company. To the people who knew David McDonald while he was a student at Iowa State University working on his bachelor’s degree in animal science, his success does not come as a surprise. Long known for his natural intelligence, unbridled interest in agriculture and biology and excellent work ethic, McDonald was voted the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior.
David McDonald has continued to excel at the OSI Group. His ability to quickly and effectively resolve the infrastructure and technical issues the company has faced is legendary. McDonald’s unmatched skill at helping the company navigate government regulations, partner with local suppliers and create food choices specifically designed to suit the cultural tastes of each new section of their customer base has made him a star. It has also helped the OSI Group experience exponential growth. McDonald has helped the company get choice locations for their facilities and all the raw materials and workers they need they need to build them.
The role that David McDonald has played in the OSI Group’s development of lucrative partnerships and the adding of Baho Foods and Flagship Europe to the company’s list of acquisitions, has been nothing short of genius. McDonald says it’s the customers that inspire the OSI Group to be more innovative in creating the products and services necessary to meet their needs. The creativity of the company’s food development is in response to the challenge of cost-effectively producing particular menu segments to meet the culturally driven specific preferences of their customers. Efforts to meet those needs are some of the OSI Group’s best learning tools.
Even as David McDonald encourages the staff of OSI Group to remain flexible and innovative, he also demands highest quality in all their processes and products. For David McDonald and the OSI Group, cost-effective, creative food development must be combined with the optimal in worker, food and environmental safety practices. McDonald constantly challenges the staff to improve both the quality of their products and the effectiveness of their efforts by evaluating their mistakes and using them as teaching tools. These actions reflect some of the genius that David McDonald brings to his work.
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