David McDonald is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of OSI Group. OSI Group is one of the largest meat and convenience food suppliers in the world. It has over 60 manufacturing facilities in 17 countries and employs more than 200,000 individuals around the world. Recently, OSI Group has made some large acquisition to strengthen its position in Europe. According to David McDonald the acquisitions of the Dutch brand, Baho Foods and Flagship Europe will accomplish this goal. OSI Group is the supplier of meat and frozen foods to some of the largest corporations and fast-food chains in the world including McDonalds and Pizza Hut.
David McDonald has over 30 years of experience working for OSI. He was educated at Iowa State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. In 1987, David joined OSI Group and helped it expand operations into China in 1992. Ever since then, OSI Group has grown exponentially along with the Chinese economy. Today, OSI’s Chinese operations include 8 manufacturing facilities and three vertically integrated agreements with Chinese poultry suppliers. It is currently the largest supplier of poultry in the nation and caters to the nations largest fast foods chains including McDonalds, Burger King, Subway and Starbucks. According to David, China is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with a large population and customer base and OSI has had to grow with it. During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games OSI Group supplied over 113 tons of meat to hungry viewers. After serving millions of Olympic fans OSI Group received zero complaints.
OSI Group has expanded its operations globally, but remains environmentally aware. In 2016, OSI Group’s U.K. subsidiary won the Globe of Honour for the third time in 5 years. This award acknowledges OSI’s sustainability efforts and safe environmental practices. David says, in order to remain competitive and efficient the OSI Group has had to learn and adapt to the different tastes and preferences of cultures around the world. This has led to the “think globally, but act locally” motto initiated by its largest client McDonalds Inc.
OSI has studied individuals and local cultures around the world in order to cater to local populations. In 2016 alone, OSI Group commenced several major mergers, acquisitions and vertical integrations in China, Illinois, Chicago, Holland and Hungary. David McDonald understands that production capacity and global expansion does not necessarily lead to more sales, but instead the company must continue to give customers exactly what the want. This is why David McDonald is one of the best and most respected company Presidents in the world.
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