David McDonald grew up on a farm in Iowa. After David McDonald took his degree from Iowa State University before joining the OSI Group as a project manager. After more than 30 years with the group, he is now their president. A meteoric rise by anyone’s terms but at the heart of it was the determination and work ethic David McDonald brought to the group.
OSI group was started over a century ago, by Otto, a German immigrant who set up a meat store in Chicago. The city was known for a huge German population and over the years, the meat shop would grow and eventually get rebranded as Otto and Sons. The catalyst for explosive growth they experienced was actually down to a different business deal entirely. Ray Kroc would buy out the McDonalds and start up what would become the fast food giant.
As Ray was preparing for the deal, he would also have a principal deal in place with Otto’s two sons – Arthur and Harry, about supplying meat for the restaurant.
With McDonald’s explosive growth, so did Otto and Sons, with their close ties to Ray helping them go from one of hundred suppliers to one of the four core suppliers when McDonald’s decided to streamline their supply. They remain to this day, the biggest customer of OSI Group.
David McDonald’s involvement with the group has been crucial to its expansion into various countries, his ability to understand the varied cultures and traditions has helped OSI Group make large strides in their expansion plans with their operations now in Spain, China, Brazil, India, Poland, among many others.
Recently the company had announced their commitment to the Australian market thanks to a merger between OSI Group and Turi Foods. A move that will see them strengthen their presence in Australia. David McDonald stressed on the importance of the cohesion between both companies and how they both strive to win and maintain the trust of the customer first and foremost and how the merger will be a blessing to both companies going forward enabling them to use cutting edge technology and share their business practices to be efficient and provide the best service to their customers.
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