Some might not believe that a successful CEO of one of the world’s leading food suppliers started out as simply as the son of a farmer, but that’s the case with David McDonald. Born in northeast Iowa, David grew up on a farm but was determined to move beyond the acres of land his family owned. He attended Iowa State University and received both a degree in Animal Science and the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior award.
His career began with OSI Food Solutions in Chicago shortly after he graduated. Slowly, over time, he worked his way up the ladder until he became the president and CEO. As the top executive for the company, David McDonald has helped steer it to new avenues of success. He accredits that to the driving culture behind OSI Food Solutions. There’s a fierce desire to not only grow but to be the world’s leading food supplier. That was a culture that had been put in place when he had first started working there, and he has since made sure that it remains and expands every day of every year.
David McDonald also attributes OSI’s success to its desire for innovation. When a customer has a problem with the service that is being provided to them, they often also have suggestions on how to improve. David ensures that his team listens to what the customer is saying, and then they work out possible solutions on how to meet this customer’s needs. The team is eager and excited to meet every challenge because it allows them to innovate their service and become just that much more of a unique company that stands apart from the other food suppliers in the world.
Quality is another aspect that McDonald and his team take great care in considering. They see their employees and customers as family. As a result, they wouldn’t want to send their family less than excellent food products. With that mindset attached, OSI keeps a close eye on the quality of their food, only sending out the products they’d be comfortable with giving to their own families.
By allowing the company to innovate based on their customer’s needs, David McDonald has secured OSI Food Solutions’ success. Although he’s humble in the quality of work that his people give, he believes that the world is finally catching on to who they are and what they can provide.
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