David McDonald was born and raised in the State of Iowa. From early childhood, David McDonald grew up on a farm. In 1983 he went to Iowa State University where he studied and graduated around 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. McDonald was hired at OSI Group right of college as a project manager, and working his way up over thirty years to becoming COO and President of OSI Group. He is still an active member of his old University where his two eldest children currently are attending. He was part of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and was given a couple of awards from his old University for his outstanding academic career and volunteer work. McDonald offers internships with OSI for students of Iowa State University.
David McDonald and the OSI Group made many strides in the world as one of the global suppliers of food production and food services. The net worth of OSI Group is around 6.1 billion dollars, ranking it in the 50s on the Forbes list of U.S largest privately owned companies. McDonald is steadily leading the company to expand around the globe. He had combined a Dutch company, Baho Foods, to become one entity to help with the selling of food and processing them all at the convenience of the customers. He still continues to expand in China and with interest of other European countries; he feels that having regions that are close to those customers is an easier and better solution.
David McDonald was there when the company was rapidly growing across the country. He was hired on as an intern by the CEO and Chairman Sheldon Lavin. When the company made its first partnership with Nation Pizza and Foods in 1994, it was the start of many expansion projects. They opened processing food facilities in India, Japan, and the UK with the purchasing of Flagship Europe. David McDonald wants to maintain the philosophy on sustainability for food that comes from OSI. With that philosophy behind him and OSI under his guidance, the company will continue to grow. McDonald motions that the company does not brag either about their success, it is the services that will gain traction with old and new customers.