Susan McGalla is a business woman and an executive consultant who is best known for being the former president of the American Eagles Outfitters, Inc. McGalla is currently a member of the board of HFF, Inc, which deals with the provision of commercial real estate services. She is also a board member at the Magee-Women’s Hospital research institute foundation. Other jobs she has previously held include being CEO at Wet Seal, Inc and being a former trustee at the University of Pittsburg. She is one of the most influential business leaders in the country today.
Early life and career development
Susan was born and raised in East Liverpool Ohio. She was brought up together with her two siblings by her father, who was a local football, coach. She attended the Mount Union College where she attained her Bachelor’s degree in business and marketing. She started her career at The Joseph Horne Company where she worked on different marketing and management jobs.
She stayed at Joseph Horne between 1986 and 1994. She left Joseph Horne and joined the American eagle outfitters in late 1994 as a merchandise buyer for ladies clothes. She served in this and several other roles till she became the company’s chief merchandising officer, CMO. She worked in this role for a couple of years, after which she was appointed as the Company President. The biggest of her achievements at American Eagle was overseeing the launch of the 77 and aerie children’s clothing brands.
After another 2 years at the company, Susan decided to leave and become a private consultant for various financial investment companies and retail-based businesses. In 2009, she became the CEO of Wet Seal, Inc. She worked at Wet Seal for three years before leaving and establishing her own consulting business. In addition to being the founder and CEO of P3 consulting, Susan is currently the Director of Planning and Strategic growth at Pittsburg Steelers.
Susan has enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a business leader in America. She says that being a woman and a leader is sometimes a challenge to many. However, her experience growing up in a household that had only men taught her a lot about interacting and associating well with members of either sex. She recalls that when she joined American Eagle, it was a predominantly male company. She also says that her ascension at the company started a culture change that inspired many other companies into realizing that both men and women have the capacity to lead and guide business towards massive success. As a matter of fact, during her period as president, the company gained 3billion dollars in profits from their four brands and an e-commerce site that they set up.