David McDonald’s Leadership towards a Globally Formidable OSI

David McDonald has helped OSI group attain prosperity, especially in China recently. The company is the global leader in supplying value-added proteins including beef patties, sausage links, pizza, and sandwiches among others. Through his leadership, OSI has come to have over 50 facilities distributed in more than 17 countries. In China alone, where OSI recently gained a lot of traction, the company has eight factories in operation. McDonalds attributes this success to patience and the will to learn about the cultural setting in China (Independent Processor, 2012).

The group’s mission is to make OSI the single largest producer of poultry products in China. McDonalds has also led through other profitable feats. The company launched a number of projects in 2012, including expansion of the beef-processing factory in Poland, creation of a frozen food processing plant in India and putting together a modern feed mill in Shandong province, whose current capacity hovers around 600,000 metric tons (Battleground NC, 2017). In addition to these, other projects were launched in Geneva and Hungary.

The company also pursued an extension into Europe, in which it acquired Baho Food in 2016. Baho Food specializes in deli meats and other food products. Baho Food operates in Germany and Netherlands, with five different subsidiaries including Gelderland Frischwaren, Vital Convenience, Henri van de Blit, Bakx Foods and Q Smart Life. McDonalds expressed hope with the acquisition, stating that it broadens OSI’s presence in Europe. Baho Food’s products and brands are complementary to OSI’s stature in processing. David McDonald hailed the acquisition as an important investment which complements OSI’s existing brands, which works to increase their demand. His leadership has put the company in a position to keep up with trends in the global market, all made possible through effective coordination between logistics and local operations teams

David McDonald grew up in Iowa. He developed an early interest in the agricultural industry. He joined Iowa State University and attained a bachelor’s degree in animal science. Thereafter, McDonald joined OSI industries based in Chicago in 1991. He has worked his way through the ranks to attain leadership positions. David McDonald is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of OSI Group. He is also the chairman of the North American Meat Institute. After Marfrig Frigorificos e Commercio de Alimetos acquired the OSI Group operations in Europe and Brazil in 2008, he served as an independent director in Marfrig until June, 2017.

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