From Small Farm To CEO Of One Of America’s Largest Companies

Born and raised on a small farm in northeast Iowa, it was a natural choice for David McDonald to head off to Iowa State University to study animal science. Like thousands of other young men raised on farms, a career path in agriculture often runs through one of the nation’s premier universities for the future farmers of America.

But David McDonald’s unique talents would lead him in a slightly different direction. David McDonald OSI Group was destined to head one of the biggest companies in America, and stay at that job for an astounding 30 years, and counting.

David McDonald was named CEO of OSI Group in 1987. OSI is listed by Forbes as the 59th largest privately-owned company in America. The company today commands revenues of some $6 billion annually and has a global presence with operations in 17 countries around the world.

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Helming one of the largest food companies in the world is a long way from an Iowa farm, but with McDonald at the controls, OSI Group has not only experienced steady and rapid growth, but has become a leader in technological innovation within the food industry, as a well as set the standard for adopting sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.

One of the advantages a company as big as OSI Group has over competitors is that it remains privately owned, McDonald said in a recent interview.

“Because we are private and not publicly owned, we can be more nimble and flexible with our solutions. It gives us the ability to think long term, and it allows us to be more patient when building a business or relationship,” he said.

After three decades leading OSI Group, McDonald says he still finds his job fresh, exciting and challenging, and that he looks forward to going to work every day.

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