When we think of Immigrants in this country, it makes you glad that David G. McDonald was the proud son of Immigrants. His parents came to this country as Welsh Immigrants. David was born in Pennsylvania in 1902. After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Animal Science, he began working for OSI Group. He climbed his way up the ladder to his current position of President, and CEO. Of course, his success did not come over night. David had to work hard, learn the mechanics of the company, and realize where he needed to improve.
after several years of working for OSI, he concluded with one simple formula that would work for both him and the company. His success is attributed to Mr. McDonald’s focus on three main specialized strategies: Large scale Information Systems, Human Interaction with Computers, and Collaborative Support within those computer systems.
With these strategies in place, Mr. MacDonald set out to expand OSI Group’s presence in Europe. He knew that this presence would not only give more exposure to their products, portfolio, and brands, but would also be a positive move to expand growth for the company. He successfully achieved this goal in 2008. OSI Group acquired a controlling stake in Baho Foods. This was a privately owned Dutch Food Manufacturing company. Mr. McDonald impressed the Dutch company with OSI Group’s North America track record. Since 1992 OSI Groups has been supplying value-added protein items of food to such brand names as Subway, Burger King, Starbucks, Yums and Papa John’s. This merger proved to be one of Mr. McDonald’s greatest successes for 2008.
This acquisition was also important to Mr. McDonald because he is always concerned about customer service and the employees of the company. According to a published magazine article, Mr. McDonald stated that while the acquisition would complement OSI’s processing strengths, it would also broaden their capabilities to meets the needs of their evolving customer base.
The employees of the newly acquired company was equally important to Mr. McDonald. All the Baho Food Staff was retained. They would work together with the senior teams of OSI. This example emphasizes Mr. McDonald’s belief in Collaborative Support and mentioned above. This collaborative union of the two companies has helped OSI to operate in Germany, the Netherlands, and has five subsidiary companies. OSI serves a wide range of customers who spread across eighteen European countries.
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