David McDonald is the president and chief operating offers of the OSI Group, one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of meat products.
A 1987 graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, McDonald grew up in northeast Iowa on a farm. An excellent student, he received the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior award. Upon graduating from ISU, McDonald was hired by the OSI Group. He has now been with the company for three decades. During that time he has held a variety of roles with the OSI Group until being chosen to become COO and president.
David McDonald OSI Group has remained deeply involved in his alma mater and has provided the school with an array of resources in an effort to have a positive impact there. He played a role in Iowa State’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and arranged for several students to visit the OSI facilities in China in 2011. Through McDonald’s influence, OSI has provided support for a student intern and other internship opportunities. One of the ISU students that made the trip to China now works with the OSI Group.
A generous supporter of Alpha Gamma Rho, his ISU fraternity, David McDonald helps to fund their scholarship program. He was also among the first to provide support for the fraternity during their fundraising effort to build the AGR house at Iowa State University. McDonald was also involved in the naming of the Marvin J. Walter Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity Arena. In 2004, David McDonald was given the Young Alumni Award by the Iowa State University Alumni Association. A husband and father of 6, McDonald’s two oldest children attend ISU.
In addition to his work with the OSI Group, David McDonald is on the North America Meat Institute board of directors. He had previously been chairman of the organization. McDonald also works with Marfrig Global Foods S.A. as an independent director. He’s also very active in St. Michael Parish, located in Wheaton, Illinois.
That is not far from his home in Warrenville, Illinois where he lives with his wife Malinda and their other four children.