David McDonald’s Efforts Towards Globalizing OSI Group

OSI Group’s checkered history as one of the largest global corporations is undeniable. The Aurora, Illinois-based company is currently the leading global supplier of value-added protein products. Its enviable position globally if founded on strategic management practices including strategic acquisitions and mergers and hiring of some of the best talents in the corporate sector. One such talent is David McDonald: a company veteran with over three decades of experience working at OSI Group. His tenure at the helm of the company as the president, David McDonald has overseen a remarkable period of success at the company.

Expanding OSI Group’s Operations

David McDonald‘s excellent track record includes increasing presence in China where it the company operated for over two decades. This has seen OSI Group win important contracts to supply fast foods outlets in China and food products for the 2008 Summer Olympics staged in Beijing. He has also overseen the expansion of the company’s operations in the United States with the opening of new factories and warehouses in different locations. David McDonald’s expansionism ideology at OSI Group has also seen the company establish a strong presence in various across Canada and Europe including United Kingdom, Netherlands and Germany. In Canada, he has overseen the company’s partnership with several entities. However, he has adopted a different strategy in Europe where OSI Group has acquired entities such as Baho Foods, Flagship Europe and Hynek Schlachthof GmbH in addition to partnerships with other entities including EDEKA and Pickstock. Baho Foods’ acquisition in particular marks a significant coup for ISO Group as it comes with five subsidiaries operating in both Germany and Netherlands.

Career and Education Background: Towards Excellent Management

David McDonald has adopted a unique management style across all the OSI Group’s establishment. The company’s global presence is founded on localization with the local units forming an important building block of the company’s success. The managements of the local units have been localized by hiring local managers. Such a unique management and strategic management approach has been built on a solid academic and career history marked by excellent industry knowledge. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University where he graduated in 1987 after specializing in Animal Science. He currently serves as the North American Meat Institute’s chairman and board member of Mafrig Global Foods S.A and OSI Group.


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