Since he joined OSI Group in 1991, David McDonald, the current president has undertaken many initiatives to transform the company. Under his leadership, OSI Group has grown to become a premier supplier of value-added products. Initially, OSI Group focused on protein products before diversifying into non-protein products for their new markets in China, Japan and India. Currently, OSI Group produces a wide range of products that include pizza, sausage links, beef patties and many more. They are the major suppliers of world-renowned brands such as the McDonalds, Starbucks, Yum, Subway, Burger King, Papa John’s and the Saizeriya. There are serving clients in seventeen different countries where they have over 65 processing facilities.
OSI Group’s leadership
OSI Group was founded by Otto Kolschowsky, a reverend businessman. Otto Kolschowsky was a German immigrant who set up camp in Chicago, where he founded the business. Right from the beginning, Otto Kolschowsky had a dream of transforming his small business into a multinational entity. In the early years, Otto focused on opening new outlets in the Chicago suburbs before rebranding it into Otto & Sons in 1928.
As years progressed, Otto Kolschowsky mentored his two sons so that they could take over the family business. When they took over from their father, the two sons continued to grow the business by partnering with renowned brands such as the McDonalds. The partnership helped to transform Otto & Sons from a family business to multinational company, which they named OSI Industries.
The current leadership at OSI Group
When the sons of Otto approached retirement years, they partnered with Sheldon Lavin to help in running the company. Sheldon owned a financial consultancy firm that helped OSI Industries in acquiring funds for their expansion plans in the late 1980s.
In 1991, the current president of OSI Group joined the company as a project manager. While working closely with Sheldon Lavin, David McDonald managed to secure several deals that catapulted OSI Industries into the international limelight.
Unlike Sheldon Lavin who has a background in Financing, David McDonald holds a degree in Animal Science from the University of Lowa. He grew up in the farms of Lowa where he gained a lot of interest in agriculture. While growing up, David McDonald came face-to-face with the challenges that farmers were facing. As a result, David McDonald gained a lot of interest in improving the state of agriculture considering that it is solely responsible for feeding billions of people across the globe.
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