Meat Expert-David McDonald


He is considered to be an expert in the food processing industry. David McDonald who is the OSI Group President was born and raised in Iowa State. After his High School graduation, the hardworking man who is also an opportunist joined Iowa State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. Working and serving in one of the leading food processing organizations has been his pleasure. David McDonald has been in the meat company for an extended period of time where he has witnessed the expansion of the group. Being in the food processing industry and especially the meat sector has enabled David to gain a vast experience and even holding various positions among them; being the Chairman of the North American Institute as well as the Director of OSI International Foods.

David McDonald has been part and parcel of OSI Group. A firm with a humble background has grown to be a global food processing and supplying organization. The company that has been dealing with mainly protein foods has opened other operational companies all over the world including China. David has been part of the growth and he trusts that with their firm in China they will even expand further because of its large population. David said that China will soon be the largest poultry producer. David uses his experience and skill to manage the OSI Group and he believes that with the right management skills an organization must understand the culture of their market and deliver what their clients want.

David McDonald has over 30 years of experience in the food processing industry. Mr. David is also the Chief Operating Officer of OSI Group he also served as the project manager of industries. Besides being a prominent business person, David is much involved in the community work. He is a humanitarian who has been supporting students who are inspiring to pursue a career in agriculture entrepreneurship. David makes arrangements for the students to visit their OSI plants located in China. He is an opportunist who is working hard to ensure that OSI Group has spread and has offices across the world. David McDonald who is the President of the organization has another big responsibility of managing OSI’s global logistics by ensuring the team has the required skills as well as expertise that is needed in the market. According to the meat expert, the logistic and the management team must work hand in hand for efficient results.

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Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group CEO


The Role of Sheldon Lavin in The Growth of OSI Group

The OSI Groups is considered to be an international premier foods provider, majoring in the supply of meat and meat products. The company was founded, by Otto Kolschowsky, in the year 1909. Through the years and with continued growth, it became a company named Otto& Sons. Today, the company is under the full ownership of Sheldon Lavin, who is also the President and Chairman of the company.

The History of Sheldon Lavin in OSI Group

The journey of Sheldon Lavin with the OSI Group began back in the year 1970. At the time, he owned a small investment company. His bank approached him wanting him to invest in the Otto & Sons Company. However, he was reluctant and instead offered to give consultation services. He worked closely with the company until the year 1975 when he decided to invest.

When Sheldon Lavin became one of the partners at OSI Group, he had noted that the company had big potential for international growth. Therefore, he decided to try the industry even when his business usually concentrated in the financial industry. He worked with the other three partners until the year 2004 when every partner bought out their shares, leaving Sheldon Lavin as the sole owner of the company.

Today, the company has grown to have outlets in over 17 countries of the world, employing over 200,000 employees. Indeed, the company has outdone itself. But, getting to this level has taken a lot of time and effort. To get to the top of industry, the company has to be ahead of its competitors in all aspects

One of the best strategies applied by Sheldon Lavin is local customization. The company customizes their products and services such that they fit the palates of the locals and also are compliant to their beliefs and laws. Also, the company thrives at employee retention. They focus on treating their people right so that they can retain their best talent. Also, so that they can treat their customers in the same way. In fact, employees are treated like family. Therefore, OSI group experiences a very low employee turnover.

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