David McDonald was born and raised in northeast Iowa. In 1987, he earned an animal science bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. He received the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award for his high character and outstanding academic achievements.
He started his career in Chicago at OSI Industries working on the supply chain. Sheldon Lavin originally hired him as an intern. The company was improving and growing at a rapid rate at that time. McDonald learned about the technical issues and the vision of the OSI leadership. He embraced the corporate culture and worked his way up to become President and COO of OSI Group, LLC. He and the company view their customers as family, and they want to make products that they would feed their own families. He is also OSI Industries’ Project Manager. He is OSI International Foods Pty Limited’s Director.
By 2001, OSI was already doing business in China before any Chinese joined the World Trade Organization. OSI hoped to benefit from the Chinese economy’s rapid growth. David McDonald helped the company enter joint-ventures with Chinese companies by learning everything there was to know about the Chinese bureaucracy. David told CEOCFO Magazine that flexibility, patience, and trust ensure a rewarding partnership.
David McDonald still supports his fraternity with scholarship funding. He is active in its Agriculture Entrepreneurship Initiative. He supported Iowa State’s AGR house’s fundraising campaign. In 2004, he was given the ISU Alumni Association’ Young Alumni Award for his alumni activism. The university gave him the Emerging Philanthropic Award in 2014. He donates a lot of his time to the St. Michael Parish.
David McDonald is the American Meat Institute’s chairman of the board of directors. He is also sits on OSI Group’s board of directors. Since 2008, he has held the position of Independent Director at Marfrig Global Foods S.A. He and his wife, Malinda live in Warrenville, Ill with their four youngest children. Their two oldest are currently attending Iowa State.