The Name David McDonald is well known in the food processing industry. Also known as Dave to those who him, he is the President and Chief Operating Officer of OSI group; a world-leading American food processing company that has had operations in China for at least two decades. McDonald has made a significant contribution to the continued success of OSI group in this volatile industry since joining the company in the later years of the 1980’s.
Dave is an Alumnus of the Iowa State University. He studied Animal Science and which he holds a degree in. After graduating from college, he joined OSI group where his diligence propelled him up the corporate ladder on his way to the position he currently holds. How is David McDonald helping to improve OSI Group’s sustainability? OSI group has maintained its world leader status in this volatile food processing industry for ages, being the supplier to renowned food store chains brands such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Yum just to name a few. This is all thanks to the able stewardship of their leader David McDonald, who champions the company’s principles and values as far as their duty to their customers is concerned. Their “no compromise” attitude towards food safety and their willingness to listen first to its customers before providing solution has been part of their formula for success.
Through his leadership, OSI group being a global company realized it had to be successful by becoming local. Since setting up its plant in China, the organization has dedicated itself to forming strategic alliances with its customers, suppliers and also government agencies.
Another thing that has led to their success is the ability to be flexible and patient. Being in a foreign land with a new culture, OSI went in with an open mind, enabling it to put their operations in line with the procedures of the local government agencies. What did David McDonald say regarding the acquisition of Baho Food? In August 2016, OSI group acquired a controlling stake in Baho Food, a private Dutch company that manufactures convenience foods and meat products to serve the retail food service segment. Dave McDonald pointed to the fact that the acquisition had expanded the organization’s reach in Europe and how the portfolio of Baho Food complemented their processing strengths.
Therefore, it gave them the potential to grow their scale of processing to meet the evolving needs of their customers. In a nutshell, this was a welcome strategic move for the company.
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