Susan McGalla is arguably one of the renowned businesswomen in America. The executive consultant based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is well-known for being the former president of American Eagle Outfitters Inc. Susan McGalla serves as a role model for many women in the United States and the rest of the world. She is a living testament that a woman can stack up against male counterparts in business and achieve the desired success.
As a business leader, she has spoken to many audiences on how to succeed in business as a woman. Some of the audiences she has talked to include the Carnegie Mellon University Speaker Series for CEO’s, and the Women and Girl’s Foundation of Pittsburgh. According to Susan, most of the woman she talks to seek a genuine perspective that can be applied practically. For this reason, they want to be seen as professionals as opposed to women in the corporate scene.
Susan McGalla embarked on her career journey at Joseph Horne Company. From 1986 to 1994, she held numerous managerial and marketing roles. Later on, she moved to American Eagle Outfitters in the capacity of a divisional merchandise purchaser for women’s clothing. Susan also held several managerial positions at the company until she assumed the role of chief merchandising offer and president of American Eagle Outfitters. Before taking up the role of CMO, she had garnered similar experience by working for a flagship brand of the company as the CMO and president.
At American Eagle Outfitters, Susan oversaw several accomplishments of the company including the launch of its 77kids and aerie brands. In January 2009, she left the company to serve as a private consultant for the financial and retail investment industries. Later in October the same year, Susan McGalla was appointed to sit on HFF’s board of directors.
McGalla has also held an executive position in other companies such as Wet Seal Inc. where she was the CEO from January 2011 to July 2012. Upon leaving the company, she established P3 Executive Consulting. At the company, she works as a professional consultant on various matters such as talent management, branding, operational efficiencies, marketing among others. Currently, Susan also holds the role of VP of business strategy and creative development at Pittsburgh Steelers.
Away from her career, Susan McGalla is an alumnus of the Mount Union College where she received her bachelor’s degree in business and marketing. Currently, she is a member of the institution’s board of advisors.