Summary of “David McDonald: From Iowa Farm to a Global Leadership Position” David McDonald has been with OSI Group for over 30 years. He currently serves as its president and COO. It one of the top global leaders in the food industry, including being the primary meat supplier of McDonald’s. David McDonald was born and raised in northeast Iowa. He attended Iowa State University, graduating with a B.A. in animal science. To this day he is an active participant in the school’s Agriculture Entrepreneurship Initiative. He also gives financially to its Alpha Gamma Rho scholarship fund and has been instrumental in allowing ISU students to intern at OSI.
He has been the recipient of the ISU Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award (2004) and the Iowa State University Foundation’s Emerging Philanthropist Award (2014). And his devotion to ISU has been passed to his children, with two of his six children even now attending the university. Summary of “The Sustainability Vision of Sheldon Lavin, CEO of OSI Group” Sheldon Lavin has in recent years led the OSI Group to ever greater technological advanced hights in food production. In its many years of existence, OSI has blossomed from a small neighborhood butcher operation known as Otto & Sons to become one of the biggest food producers in the world.
Lavin has helmed OSI Group since the mid-1970s. Prior to this time, he was working as an investment manager and bank executive. In 1975 He joined Otto & Sons as a consultant. By far its biggest client at this time was McDonald’s who was so impressed with Lavin that they requested he take a stronger position at OSI. It was not long after that role become the company’s chairman and CEO. Its current concentration is sustainability. Its work in this area has been so exemplary that it has garnered several industry awards.