Susan McGalla is best known for her role as the erstwhile president of the American Eagle Outfitters Incorporated. She also held the coveted position at Wet Seal incorporated of a Chief Executive Officer. She currently has a seat on the board of directors at HFF Incorporated. This is a publicly listed company which offers commercial real estate services. Her other seat as a board member is at the Magee-Women’s Hospital Research Institute and Foundation. The Allegheny Conference on Community Development is privileged to have her as its director. Susan McGalla is a former trustee of the University of Pittsburgh.
Susan McGalla on susanmcgalla.com commenced her career at the Joseph Horne Company, where she served in a number of different marketing and managerial positions during her employment at the company from 1986 to 1994.
Later during the same year, 1994, she joined American Eagle Outfitters. While here she started out as the divisional Merchandise buyer for women’s clothing. While here she was also assigned a number of various managerial roles. She eventually climbed the corporate ladder to the top of the echelon as the company’s president and chief merchandising officer.
As fate would have it, she had served as the president and the chief merchandising officer for the company’s pioneer American Eagle brand before she ascended to her becoming president and CMO for the whole company. When she served as the company leader at American Eagle, Susan McGalla superintended the setting up of the company’s aerie and 77kids brands.
After thirteen years at American Eagle Incorporated, Susan McGalla left on January 2009. She joined the private sector as a private consultant for the retail and financial investment industries. It is here that she got her appointment at the board of directors sitting for HFF Incorporated in October, the same year.
Two years later in January 2011, Susan McGalla succeeded Ed Thomas as the chief executive officer at Wet Seal Incorporated. She parted ways with the company a year later in July 2012 to start her own consulting firm, P3 Executive Consulting. She is the Director of Strategic Planning and Growth for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Susan McGalla gained her work ethics and hard work stance from childhood as she grew up with two brothers and a father who would allow no slacking simply because she was a girl. Her father was a football coach and he encouraged her to always present her ideas with confidence no matter the audience she was to face. More importantly, she experienced early in life that gender was not a hindrance to accomplishments of any sort. As a result, in her later years as a career woman she has been able to comfortably work with both genders. Susan McGalla affirmed that the confidence she had established in her formative years was very instrumental to her success.
Susan McGalla was quoted by PR News saying as a word of advice; “My angle on this in my career was not to ‘break the glass ceiling,'” she explained. “To make the point, I never carried a chip on my shoulder of what I should be entitled to as a woman or what prejudices existed.”