David McDonald: Establishing a New International Food Giant

David McDonald has been an instrumental personality when it comes to the transformation of the OSI Group, considered as the largest protein manufacturer and distributor on the planet. Being the current chief executive officer and president of the company, he focused on strengthening their presence abroad. Today, the OSI Group managed to open more than 50 facilities, scattered in 17 different countries. The OSI Group is also known for hiring local management teams that would supervise their overseas operations. One of their oldest facilities can be found in China, where they have been making a presence for more than 20 years.

Before becoming the CEO and president of the OSI Group, David McDonald served as the chairman of the North America Meat Institute. He found his way to the OSI Group after looking for a stable job that could provide his needs, and after years of doing hard work, he was promoted to become the independent director of Marfrig Global Foods, a subsidiary of the OSI Group operating in Brazil and Europe. After showing his competence with the board of directors, he was named later on as the new CEO and president of the company, and he was given the task to improve the relations that the OSI Group has with the foreign market.

To achieve this task, David McDonald had to think about the possible outcomes of his decisions. With the assistance from his closest advisors, he decided to acquire smaller players in the food industry. A small Dutch food manufacturing firm called Baho Foods is one of the most recent acquisitions made by the OSI Group. David McDonald stated that the acquisition of the said business would enable them to further their agendas into the European market. He would like the Europeans to become more leaning towards their products and has promised that they will be aware of the demands of the European market when it comes to protein products.

The OSI Group is also active in Asia. Home to more than half of the world’s population, entrepreneurs can find endless opportunities in the continent. David McDonald took advantage of it, stating that retaining their operations in Asia and acquiring smaller Asian firms can help them become the dominant company in the continent that would supply the protein needs of its citizens. David McDonald has also set off his eyes in the African and South American continent for future expansions that will turn his dream into a reality.

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