David G. McDonald is President and CEO at OSI Group LLC. He is also Chairman of the North American Meat Institute. Since December 2008, Mr. McDonald has served as an Independent Director at Marfig Global Foods S.A. after Marfig Frigoríficos e Comérico de Alimentos bought OSI Group operations in Europe and Brazil. McDonald is serving as Director of OSI International Foods (AustraliaO), pty Limited, because of his degree in Animal Science (Iowa State University). Global organizations have a vast network of smaller, more local organizations. OSI Group is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, which supplies sausage links and beef patties.
OSI Group also distributes sandwiches and pizza to major food service and retail brands. As a privately held corporation, the company runs more than 50 facilities in 17 countries but is currently looking to expand the company in China where it has a presence. OSI has 8 factories in China and is set to become the largest poultry producer as well. A new plant in Henan has been recently built. Sheldon Lavine is the OSI chairman who helps McDonald in his capacity to offer more product development. OSI Group has machines that have X-Rays built-in to be able to detect foreign particles.
OSI has a great deal of technological resources at their disposal, which McDonald manages. The catalyst for OSI’s success is to become local. Customers are Western, multi-national and international customers. OSI has to be flexible with the way it operates as a company in China. Flexibility is necessary but the principle of food safety still applies. OSI tries to listen first and apply solutions second. OSI is allowed the opportunity to apply solutions with the required flexibility. Doing business in China requires a learning curve or appreciation of the business culture of trust. It has taken 20 years to earn trust. There are different perspectives of the Chinese food chain’s structure.
OSI has a heritage of partnering with customers and suppliers, as well as governmental agencies. McDonald chooses to believe the government is trying to do the right thing. OSI tries to maintain transparency within the engagement processes. There are multiple agencies with different pressures.
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