It was common in the past to work for a single company for the entire length of one’s career but not so common nowadays. David McDonald is someone that has made that decision to work for just one company and it landed him in the positions of chief operating officer, president, and a seat on the board of directors. He has worked for OSI Group LLC since graduating from college in 1987.His company is one of the world’s largest food producers with customers ranging from industrial, grocery store private-label, and restaurants. He oversees a vast global supply chain that includes suppliers, over 65 food production facilities, and transportation to their customer’s locations.
David McDonald says that while his food company is global in scope they also work closely with local food providers so that all of their customer’s needs can be efficiently met.OSI Group has often grown by acquiring other companies in the food industry. David McDonald usually handles these acquisitions. This was the case when his company recently bought Baho Foods. This is a Dutch firm that offers deli meats, marinades, sauces, and other processed food products to their customers. He said that his company bought Baho Foods because it gave them access to new markets and both companies offer similar products.
In an interview, he extolls the benefits of getting food from OSI Group. David Mcdonald says the key business vision of the company is to always exceed customer expectations. What helps them meet this goal is that they have remained a private company. This gives them the flexibility to take their time and establish solid relationships with their suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders. He has never doubted in this vision he said.Based near Chicago, OSI Group is expanding its operations in Europe, Asia, and in North America. In order to support its expansion in North America, they recently bought a food processing plant that was slated to be closed by Tyson Foods. David McDonald says that he was able to negotiate with Tyson Foods and buy this plant at a reasonable cost. This saved the jobs of 500 people who otherwise would have become unemployed.