Susan McGalla – Flying to Like an Eagle to Success

According to Phillypurge.com Susan McGalla, who is 53 years old, is the president and CMO (chief merchandising officer) of a brand known as American Eagle Outfitters. She started working at the teen clothing store in the year 1994. At that time, the executive offices reflected the roots of the chain as an active wear store that was focusing on male customers. McGalla, who came from the Joseph Horne Company department stores, wasn’t bothered. She said that she felt the management of American Eagle was judging her on her ideas and their value.

McGalla received her current title putting her in charge of merchandising, design and marketing the brand seen on the American teens. There was a time that McGalla was wearing jeans to help in leading the South Side celebration to announce the plans of the retailer on moving its headquarters there. Ed Rendell, a politician, and an American lawyer remarked that he had rarely seen a young president like McGalla. Her family taught her how to have confidence when presenting her ideas and herself.

From Jan. 2011 up to July 2012, McGalla worked for Wet Seal Inc. as the CEO. She worked for American Eagle Outfitters as the CMO since March 2007 until 2009, where she was in charge of revenues, marketing, design, and performance. She led the launch and development of two of the start-up brands of American Eagle Outfitters – 77 kids and Aerie. Before that, McGalla worked for American Eagle Outfitters as a CMO and EVP (Executive Vice President) from Nov. 2003.

From May 2005 to March 2007, she worked for American Eagle Brand as a President and CMO. Before AEO, she spent eight years in various management and merchandising positions in the department store in the retail sector. Before that, she worked as an EVP, Merchandising from Aug. 2002.

McGalla held several other positions at American Eagle Outfitters including Buyer-Womens since June 1994 up to June 1996 and Divisional Merchandise Manager (Womens) since June 1996 to Nov. 1997. Before joining g American Eagle Outfitters, McGalla held several positions of merchandising management at Joseph Horne Company based in Pittsburgh, PA from June 1986 until June 1994. She works for the American Eagle Foundation as Chairman. She has been a HFF and HFF’s Holdings Independent Director since Oct. 2009. She worked for Allegheny Conference as a director on Community Development. She studied at Mount Union College, where she receved her BA.

 

Read more about Susan McGalla:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/susan-mcgalla-on-being-both-a-woman-and-a-leader-300016893.html

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