Leadership is an important function of an organization. In top management levels, it is crucial for the formulation of policies as well as plans. In the top level management, leadership is also needed for interpretation of plans as well as programs that have been framed by top management. With that said, a good leader should represent the organization by making critical decisions and overseeing top management. As illustrated by David McDonald, a good leader propels an organization towards success.
OSI Group was coined from a small butcher shop by Otto Kolschowsky. Established in 1909, the company has been expanding its horizons across different countries. Over the past three decades of growth, it has acquired different manufacturing facilities too. Thanks to David McDonald, the president, OSI Group has also increased its portfolio of services.
David McDonald hails from Iowa. He attended the Iowa State University where he pursued animal science. It was after graduating that he found a job at OSI Group, working as a junior associate. He would later work hard to earn a promotion and serve as the president.
Being a Leader
OSI Group is a leading food service provider across the world. With about 65 facilities in 17 countries, it has managed to serve millions of clients. But this would not be possible without the leadership skills of David McDonald. As the president and chief operating officer, he has helped OSI Group excel by introducing different management styles to help the company flourish. Some of the strategies he has instigated over the years include :
- Global expansion
In the summer of 2016, OSI Group indulged in global expansion. David McDonald was at the helm of leadership. He not only oversaw the different acquisitions but also played a key role in managing these partnerships and acquisitions. For instance, he oversaw the acquisition of Baho Food, a meat supplying company based in Germany. Other projects he oversaw include the acquisition of Tyson Foods in the same year. This facility is located in Chicago and it has been instrumental in growing OSI Group’s share in the industry.
McDonald has helped OSI Group diversify its assets by protecting it against unforeseen events like different market shifts and other external factors that would affect the brand.