Susan McGalla’s Rise as a Businesswoman

Susan P. Mcgalla is an American executive consultant and an established businesswoman. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family. Mcgalla has worked in a number of well known firms. She started her career in1984 at Joseph Home Company. At American Eagle Outfitters Inc, she held the position of the President and CMO. She has also been the Chief Executive Officer at Wet Seal Inc. She sits on the boards of HFF Inc and Magee-Women’s Hospital. She is a director at Allegheny Conference on Community Development and a former trustee at the University of Pittsburgh.

Susan McGalla was born in East Liverpool, Ohio where she did
her primary and high school education. Her father, a coach for a local football team, played a major role in shaping her and her two brothers into successful individuals. After her high school education, McGalla joined Mount Union College where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business.

The first firm McGalla worked for was Joseph Home Company. She joined the company in 1986 and left in 1994. During her time in the company, she worked in various positions especially in marketing and management areas.

From Joseph Home Company, McGalla joined American Eagle Outfitters. The first position she held in the company was a divisional merchandise buyer. American eagle is a women’s clothing company. McGalla’s dedication at her work and hard work saw her rise and reach the top management position at the firm. At the peak of her career at the company, she was both the Chief Managing Officer and the President. As the president of the clothing company, McGalla supervised the creation and launch of 77 kids brands by the company. These new brands greatly improved the revenues of the firm. The company managed to generate $3 billion in revenue during that period. The company’s e-commerce platform was also created during her time as the President.

In 1994, when Susan McGalla joined the American Eagles, the clothing company was predominantly male. Having been brought up in an environment where no special treatment was giving to women, she felt right at home. She relied heavily on confidence and hard work as she competed with her male colleagues for managerial positions in the firm. She believes other women in all fields should work hard to rise in their firms rather than waiting for special treatments.

In 2009, McGalla left American Eagles to become a private consultant. She was later appointed as the Chief Executive Officer at Wet Seal Inc. She also joined HFF Inc’s Board of Directors at the same time. She left Wet Seal Inc in 2012 to found P3 Executive Consulting. She is also well known for her contributions at Pittsburgh Steelers as the Director of Strategic Planning.

Susan McGalla also enjoys a good personal life. She is married to Stephen McGalla, and the two live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her husband is a wealth manager. Susan Mcgalla also serves on Mount Union College’s Board of Advisors.

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