David McDonald was born and raised in northeast Iowa, and he attended Iowa State University where he graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. After this, he started a career with OSI Group and stayed with the company while working his way through the ranks until he became the COO and President of the company. He is also involved in the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative through Iowa State, and even put together a visit to OSI plants in China for some students who were interested. He has also been a part of initiatives set forth by OSI that allow for student interns to become a part of the company.
David McDonald continues to support his college fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho, by funding scholarships. He also took part in a fundraising campaign for AGR house at Iowa State where he was one of the initial investors to offer support. McDonald sits on the Board of Directors for the American Meat Institute and is the Chairman of the North American Meat Institute. He currently serves as an Independent Director for Marfrig Global Foods S.A. and has been so since 2008.
In 2017, David McDonald Osi Group welcomed Nicole Johnson-Hoffman on-board to OSI as its chief sustainability officer. It is now her job to report directly to McDonald and develop the strategy of OSI’s sustainability going into the future. In cooperation with McDonald, Johnson-Hoffman will work with customers, employees, and suppliers domestically and abroad to achieve OSI’s sustainability goals. OSI, with David McDonalds support, also put together a 2016-2017 sustainability report that focuses on three key areas, which include social responsibility, the environment, and the sustainable supply chain of the company. In the report, OSI states that it recognizes the the need for the current generation to work hard to not pass on a mess to future generations.
Recently, David McDonald was also on-hand when OSI Group acquired the Dutch manufacturer of convenience foods, Baho Food. The company offers deli meats and other convenience foods to its customers who live in 18 different European countries and has five subsidiaries, which include Vital Convenience, Gelderland Frischwaren, Bakx Foods, Q Smart Life, and Henri van de Bilt. McDonald expressed his happiness with the acquisition and commented that adding the company to OSI’s European business base will helped to broaden the company’s reach and greatly expand on what it has to offer to its customers in Europe and elsewhere.