OSI Group, LLC, is a highly successful privately held company in the food processing industry. One of the individuals most responsible for this success is David G. McDonald. As the President and Chief Operating Officer of the company, he has been a large influence on its expansion into a global company. He has handled a number of international acquisitions including two that occurred last year. He is a graduate of Iowa State University and hold a bachelor’s degree in animal science.
Soon after earning his university education in the mid-80’s, David McDonald joined OSI Group in Aurora, Illinois. When he joined the company the owner and CEO of OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin, had ambitious plans for the company. The growth of the company has been phenomenal since that time and its processed food can now be found across North America, Europe, and Asia. As McDonald points out, the vision statement of the company is the goal of being the premier global food provider.
It is the contention of David McDonald and the team at OSI Group that the very best management decisions are made by decision makers close to the customers of the company. To this end, management teams in each area are empowered to make business decisions that they believe best meet the needs of the company. At the same time, McDonald says, they have access to being a global company and the economy of scale resources that this entails.
David McDonald has stated that the customers of the company push OSI Group to be an innovative company. They have a business need and rely upon OSI Group to come up with solutions. Sometimes this leads to new food development in order to replace something on a menu that is underperforming. The fast food restaurants that serve OSI Group’s processed foods have always evolving and changing needs in order to meet new trends in the industry and changes in consumers food choices. For the next few years, David McDonald has said that his company is still looking at expanding. They also seek to be even more valuable to their customers and innovative in meeting their needs.