Susan McGalla is an executive consultant and business lady from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is famous for being the President of the American Eagle Outfitters Inc. She has also been the chief executive officer of Wet Seal Inc. She is a board member of the HFF Inc which is a publicly traded commercial real estate company. Susan also sits on the board of the Magee-Women’s Hospital Research Institute and Foundation.
Susan was born 41 years ago in East Liverpool, Ohio. She was raised together with her two brothers. After high school, she went to the Mount Union College where she did her undergraduate in business and marketing. She launched her career in Joseph Horne Co. department stores where she started as a retailer. In the eight years that she worked at Joseph Horne Co, she served in different managerial and marketing positions.
She joined American Eagle Outfitters in 1994, where she started as a divisional merchandise buyer for the women’s section. She served in different roles until she was made the chief merchandising officer and President .Prior to the role; she had worked for the company’s brand as a chief merchandising officer. She was in charge of the launch of the 77 kids and aerie brands.
In 2009, she left American Eagle to become a consultant for the financial and retail investment industries. The same year she became a board member of HFF Inc. In January 2011, Susan took over from Ed Thomas to become the chief executive officer of Wet Seal Inc. She stayed in the company for a year before leaving to form P3 Executive Consulting.
Susan McGalla is an excellent consultant .She deals in talent management, operational efficiencies, branding and marketing. Susan dedicates her time to speak and inspire women and give them business advice. Her climb up the corporate ladder was not easy and there were few women in leadership at that time. She relied heavily on her hard work to elevate her career. Susan has shared her story with a number of audiences. She has talked in the Carnegie Mellon University Speaker Series for CEOs and the Women and Girl’s Foundation of Pittsburgh.
Susan believes that getting ahead as a woman nowadays has become easier. Women do not want to be targeted and sidelined in the business world. They want to be granted equal opportunities as their male counterparts.
Being her own boss has been amazing. She has become the consultant everyone is hiring. Having the free reins is definitely working at her advantage. She appreciates the luxury that comes with having flexible working hours and being her own boss. She has found her passion in consultancy and looks forward to become the industry game changer.
Susan is an inspiration to many women who want to conquer business world. When she started off in the corporate world, gender equality was just being embraced. She claims that her parents raised her to believe in herself. Her parents also treated her and her brother equally and she says that upbringing helped in her career advancement. Susan is married to Stephen McGalla.Read more