Meet David McDonald, the COO, and President of OSI Group

Posted on January 07, 2019

It takes a great leader to lead a global company to success, but it takes an exceptional leader to remain modest and not tout around his success. While David McDonald, president, and chief operating officer of OSI Group have achieved a lot in the company, he chooses to remain humble and is of more service to his Iowa community. David McDonald is one person who knows the value of hard work and relentless dedication, as he has had to go out of his way to make an impact at OSI Group.

Early history

He was first involved with OSI Group shortly after graduating from Iowa State University (ISU) with a degree in Animal Science. All through his life, McDonald has always been the sharpest person in his class and he carried along this practice to ISU as he was bestowed the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award. The award celebrates ISU seniors who display exceptional character and make a substantial contribution to the university and community activities. This is the kind of dedication and motivation that drove David McDonald to work his way up from a junior officer, to his current position as the president and chief operating officer of OSI Group.

Community involvements

David McDonald is fully dedicated to the vision, dream, and goals of OSI Group, but he still finds time and space in his heart and schedule for his Iowa community, which has given him so much and made him what he is today. Being passionate about agriculture and entrepreneurship McDonald is fully committed to Iowa State University Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. The initiative sponsors ISU students and alumni who have ventured into agricultural by mentoring them knowledge-wise and financial-wise.

Other philanthropic efforts

McDonald is also a regular donor of the Alpha Gamma Rho scholarship fund that sponsors exceptional students seeking to advance their education. Additionally, David McDonald is fully committed to helping ISU students’ access internship opportunities at OSI Group and other top companies. For his commitment to the alumni association, McDonald was awarded the ISU Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award in 2004 and also won the Iowa State University Foundation’s Emerging Philanthropist Award in 2014.

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