Everybody loves the story of a simple farm boy rising through the ranks to become one of the most powerful men in the business world. That’s exactly the story of David McDonald and his rise through the ranks at OSI Group. David Mcdonald is now the COO of one of the most powerful food suppliers in the world.
The company runs more than 65 facilities in 17 countries across the planet. It has relationships with different governments and regulatory agencies all over the world. It’s a difficult company to take control of such a company but David McDonald is up to the task. He cites his deep respect for farmers and suppliers as his strengths.
That’s because he grew up on a farm in Iowa. He didn’t stray far from home to attend college at Iowa State University. He then got his first job as an intern for the CEO of OSI Group right out of college. This is the only company that he has ever worked for.
And the company itself has quite an underdog story. It was all started as a butcher shop by a German immigrant named Otto. The man worked hard in his Chicago neighborhood in order to establish a meat supply company. He named the meat supply company Otto and Sons.
Otto and Sons were chosen by McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc to be one of hundreds of meat suppliers for the budding chain across the country. This shot the meat company to prominence and they wisely decided to invest a lot of its money into research. They found a new form of cryogenic freezing which allowed them to deliver meat over a much larger area. This allowed them to become the main supplier of meat for McDonald’s and the company grew exponentially.
OSI Group is still based out of Des Plaines, Illinois, not too far from the original McDonald’s restaurant. And the headquarters is not too far from the home of its COO David McDonald. He believes that he and his company are imbued with Midwestern values which allows them to rise to the top.