No, he isn’t related to the brothers Mac and Richard McDonald, but he is part of the partner network of hamburger suppliers that have been vital to the restaurant’s success. He is David McDonald, a man who has seen every level of meat production from its beginning at the farms, and has seen and managed the running of assembly lines and grinders in the big plants. Today he is the President and Chief Operating Officer of OSI Group, the longest running McDonald’s supplier and has been proud to serve alongside Chairman and CEO Sheldon Lavin for quite some time. McDonald has become quite adept at the business management aspects of the company over the years, and he was recently the orchestrator of several mergers in Europe that included Baho Food and Flagship Europe. But he is also quite knowledgeable in the area of scientific and legal framework of the meat industry as a board member of the North American Meat Institute.
David McDonald grew up on a farm in Iowa so he has a deep understanding and appreciation of the inner workings of all the production processes that take place in the industry. He received his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at Iowa State University, and while searching for an entry-level job came across an opening at OSI Group as an intern in 1988. David McDonald served in the lower level capacities of the company until he was promoted to Project Manager of the company’s international operations. He continued to succeed in his lower level roles until he was chosen to join the company’s executive committee. To know more about him click here.
David McDonald is involved in many programs that educate and prepare young people for careers in the food industry. He has been honored as an ISU alumni for his sponsorship of the university’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative which allowed for some students to travel overseas and study the inner operations of an OSI processing plant. McDonald has seen the importance of community outreach for OSI’s corporate arm, and he has included the St. Michael Parish in the current Chicago suburb where he lives as a beneficiary. McDonald is also a father of six children.
His LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-mcdonald-a1b1137