Born on a farm in Iowa, David McDonald graduated from Iowa State University with his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 1987. In the same year, he joined OSI Group as a project manager in which was given the task of making OSI marketable to Latin America and Asia. In 1991, he was married and has six children, two of which are students in Iowa State.
In subsequent years, with that expansion of business came a larger stretch of responsibilities such as becoming the President and Chief Operating Officer of OSI Group. In addition to this, David McDonald maintains a position as the Board of Directors for OSI Industries and, at one point in time, managed a position as the Board of Directors for the company Marfrig Alimentos; one of the largest protein businesses in the world.
He is also chairman of the Board of Directors with the American Meat Institute. Back in 2004, he was an honoree of the of the ISU Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award. Not to mention David McDonald is also greatly invested in helping Iowa State to the best of his abilities and in 2011, through the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Alternative, set up a visit for students to one of the OSI facilities in China.
One of those students wound up working for OSI Group some time after as well as another gaining internship with the company. With the acquisition of Dutch company Baho Foods, David McDonald led OSI to expand greater into the European market.
On top of the acquisition, OSI has created 10 Chinese facilities and has provided meats through these facilities to many highly familiar food franchises. He dedicates much of his time towards the St. Michael Parish in Wheaton, Illinois. Any other time he dedicates goes to his loving and caring family.