David McDonald is one of the leaders of OSI Group and a very savvy businessman. He has a very long and successful career and has held multiple positions within the company. He is currently the president and chief operating officer of the company and has past experience serving as a project manager of OSI Industries. Mr. McDonald’s is also currently the director of OSI International Foods the Australian division and he also currently sits on the board of directors of the OSI Group. David McDonald is also well educated and he attended Iowa State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science.
The company is currently celebrating the success it has had since opening a branch of the company in China. OSI originally opened its doors in China over 20 years ago back in 1992. The company has contributed massively to China’s thriving economy. The OSI China branch supplied the products and food for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. These food products totalled 113 tons of beef, chicken, pork, and eggs. OSI China currently supplies high-profile companies such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, Papa John’s, Burger King, and Subway with their meat and food products. In an interview with the provisioner David McDonald talks about how being local and forming a good relationship with the Chinese community has been the catalyst behind OSI Group’s success in China. He also states it is important to bring solutions to the local customers and the importance of knowing how to do business with international and multinational clients.
Basically forming longtime partnerships is the key to doing any type of business internationally. When the company established OSI China they had to have flexibility with China but they did not compromise food safety and food quality. It was imperative for Mr. McDonald to understand the local Chinese business culture by listening first and reacting or bringing solutions second. Mr. McDonald states how it is extremely important not to act like a know-it-all thinking that you may have all the answers without knowing all the issues. All of these things were keys to the massive success that OSI has obtained in China. Q&A with Dave McDonald, President & COO, OSI Group