Focus on OSI Group President David McDonald

Recently, David McDonald, the president of OSI Group spoke about the vision and future aspirations of the company. He stated that when he joined the company about 30 years ago, he saw the incredible aspiration for growth it had back then and the same remains vibrant up to now. OSI Group aims at becoming the premier international food provider to top branded companies.

Company Culture

From the past, OSI Group has grown through a number of formal partnerships. The group has developed a culture of making the most suitable management decisions, which were made with the customers in mind in all the product categories or regions it operates in. This has seen the OSI Group become a comfortable and logical buyer of most of the partners that have since exited. The group enjoys the benefits of being global and of scale, which has allowed it to have a global network especially in worldwide sourcing and what David knows.

On OSI Group’s Sustainability

David McDonald touched on the various adaptation plans OSI Group is taking in preparation of the changes currently taking place in the world. He revealed that OSI Group is monitoring all the changes taking place in as far as consumers are concerned and their needs. The group moves quickly in adopting the changes in order to gain a competitive advantage over its competition and those that are slow to adapt. He noted that consumer trends are presently determined by actual origin, traceability, the methods used to raise animals, processes, ingredients and labels. These changes make the industry interesting, challenging and exciting according to David and more information click here.

About David McDonald

McDonald graduated from the Iowa State University with an Animal Science degree. He is presently the chief operating officer and president of OSI Group LLC. He has previously served in the position of project manager at OSI Industries. He also doubles up as the chair of the North American Meat Institute. He once worked as an autonomous director for Marfig Global Foods S.A. from December 2008, after OSI Group’s operations in both Brazil and Europe had been acquired by the company. He sits at the board of directors of the OSI Group as a member as well as serves as a director at OSI International Foods (Australia) Limited.

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Sweetgreen Bringing Positive Change to Georgetown

When Nathaniel Ru, Jonathan Neman, and Nicolas Jammet noticed that Georgetown area did not have a healthy eating option, they started the Sweetgreen. It is a restaurant that prepares only healthy, fresh, organic and local food (http://www.thehoya.com/nathaniel-ru-jonathan-neman-and-nicolas-jammet/). The chain of restaurants in forty different locations, Los Angeles offices being the most recent, aim at feeding more people better food. Nathaniel Ru, a co-CEO said that what they want is to create a brand that stands for something big. He also noted that they have always valued technology in their business. Thirty percent of their transactions are made through the Sweetgreen’s mobile app or website. Learn more: http://www.businessinsider.com/sweetgreen-founder-interview-nathaniel-ru-2016-3

 

Another surprising fact about Sweetgreen Restaurants is it does not have a headquarters. The three partners do not believe in the big corporate headquarters. Their management strategy is closing the corporate offices so that everyone can get a chance to work at the restaurant. This also ensures that they are close to their customers. Nevertheless, Sweetgreen is admired by most legacy restaurants and if given another chance, they would want to look like them.

 

Founding Sweetgreen

The co-founders were together in an entrepreneur class at the Georgetown University. All their parents are entrepreneurs and first-generation immigrants. They had so much in common and that brought them together to start their first restaurant in August 2007 after graduating. After winter break, the three partners were sure their business would survive as there were no students yet the eatery was not affected. According to Ru, it was hard for them to let go of some work that they were doing before forming their team. They learned that to avoid that, it is important to build the team sooner before you get too attached. Learn more: http://www.psfk.com/2016/04/psfk-2016-how-sweetgreen-brought-healthy-and-delicious-to-the-busy-psfk-2016.html

 

About Nathaniel Ru

Nathaniel Ru graduated from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Apart from being a co-founder and co-CEO of Sweetgreen, he is also the principal of WTLF Ventures. Currently, he has made four personal investments in Bond-street, LOLA, MeUndie, and EatPops.

 

In 2010, Nathaniel Ru and his partners launched a food and music festival, sweet life that attracted over twenty thousand people. Mr. Ru’s favorite restaurant other than Sweetgreen is Johnny Monis’ Little Serow, and if he was to advise his twenty-year-old self, he would suggest reading more books. Kevin Plank is his role model CEO, Nathaniel Ru admires what he has done with his company, Under Armour; he says that the company stands for something bigger than itself. Learn more: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ekeg45fe/nicolas-jammet-nathaniel-ru-jonathan-neman-co-founders-sweetgreen-262627/