From tending to animals in his childhood Iowa farm to leading the largest international food provider, David McDonald has been a key factor for the the growth of OSI Group, here in America and now in the Chinese market. David McDonald is a graduate of Iowa State University where he would earn his bachelor’s degree in animal science as well as being recognized by the Wallace E. Barron organization for being an outstanding Senior. Rising from his out of college job as a project designer to being the current president of OSI Group, David McDonald continues to be one of the leading advocates for environmentally friendly innovation.
Today, David McDonald continues giving back to his Iowa University by supporting programs such as the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and funding the Alpha Gamma Rho scholarship. In addition McDonald has also opened up his offices as a training ground for students seeking internships within the industry. His work has not gone unnoticed, in fact in 2004 David McDonald would receive the ISU Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award for his outstanding service to education. Ten year later, McDonald would see his work recognized yet again in the form of the Iowa University Foundation’s Emerging Philanthropist Award due to his countless donations to scholarships and programs that he had a hand in growing.
In a recent interview, McDonald was asked how he is able to maintain that appetite for growth. According to McDonald when he began with the company as an intern, that was the exact mindset that you needed to have to make it at OSI Group. In a sense, that yearning for growth as never left me. In terms of growth OSI Group has already surpassed mostly every other company in their industry, however, for McDonald, now the challenge is asking how OSI Group can surpass their own services and products. Challenging yourself to be better is exactly the entrepreneurial spirit that Mr.McDonald has pushed for as the president of OSI Group.