Susan McGalla is a businesswoman and executive consultant who has demonstrated what hard work and determination can do. Born in East Liverpool, Ohio, Susan was raised in Ohio with her two brothers. After attending Mount Union College. she graduated with a BA in business and marketing. She still sits on the Board of Advisors for Mount Union College to date. Susan currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, Stephen McGalla.
Susan is probably most well known for her role as former president of the infamous American Eagle Outfitters. She also held the position of chief executive officer of Wet Seal, Inc. Additionally, this powerhouse sits on the board of HFF Inc, which is a trade company specializing in commercial real estate services, as well as the Magee-Wmens Hospital Research Institute.
Susan McGalla began her exciting career at Joseph Horne, where she held several managerial and marketing positions beginning in 1986 until 1994. She then became part of American Eagle in the same year. Originally, McGalla was a divisional merchandise buyer for women’s clothing at American Outfitters. Eventually, she was offered the position of president and CMO for the flagship company of American Eagle prior to becoming the president for the entire company. As president, McGalla was responsible for the launch of 77 kids brands.
In January 2009, McGalla set her sites of being a private consultant and bid farewell to American Eagle. She became part of the Board of Directors at HFF Inc in 2009 and succeeded Ed Thomas as chief executive officer in January 2011. In July 2012, McGalla once again set the bar high and left HFF to pursue other endeavors. Susan McGalla on Crunchbase seems to be outdoing herself time and time again, and after her departure from Wet Seal, she founded P3 Executive Consulting. She holds the prestigious position of Director of Strategic Planning and Growth for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This small-town girl has shown the world that it is not important where you originate or which education institution one may attend. To succeed, one must posses the desire and determination as Susan McGalla did, and continues to do.
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