Over the course of his 30 year career with global food processing juggernaut the OSI Group, COO and president David McDonald’s work has been nothing short of genius. He has been able to help the company meet and exceed all the regulations imposed by governments in the 85 countries where they do business. He has developed lucrative, dynamic, enduring relationships with local producers, managers and workers. McDonald has also been able to help the company produce foods to satisfy the culturally diverse dietary demands of consumers from countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.
Growing up McDonald lived on a farm, so he learned about maintaining high quality food production stands at a young age. When he was hired by the OSI Group in 1987, his values aligned perfectly with theirs. They see their customers as members of their family and as such only offer them food that’s of the highest quality. As a manager and executive of global company, David McDonald ensures his staff is flexible enough to quickly adapt to changing consumer tastes, new ingredients and new sources of local products. He and his staff find it exhilarating when they can swiftly respond to the changes in preferences of their customers.
One of the secrets to the success David McDonald has been able to help the OSI Group to enjoy, is that even though it’s a global company, they look at things from a local prospective in each of the markets they serve. They establish long-term relationships, work to comprehend the culture, find out the needs of the local consumers and deliver high quality products they know the people will love. David McDonald encourages his staff to remain flexible and only take actions that will engender the trust of their customers. McDonald is patient and invests vast amounts of time to listening to the needs of the customers and earning their trust.
No matter how much fame, awards and accolades David McDonald has received for his skillful handling of government agencies in foreign countries, infrastructure and technical issues and his ability to form enduring, rewarding partnerships with suppliers and local workers around the world, he still remains connected to Iowa State University. McDonald supports the school’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and has organizaed internship opportunities for ISU students at the OSI Group. Plus, of David McDonald’s six children, the two college aged ones attend Iowa State University.
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