Susan McGalla rose to the top of the retail clothing industry without the intention of breaking the glass ceiling and with no chip on her shoulder. Her accomplishments came from hard work, creativity, good ideas, the ability to get along with and lead diverse co-workers and create a positive corporate culture.
McGalla’s career started off at Joseph Home Company in 1986. She worked at various positions in marketing and management until her departure in 1994. Her next position was at American Eagle Outfitters, originally a men’s sportswear retailer, where she started out as a buyer for women’s clothing. She worked her way up in a succession managerial posts on Wikimedia.org. At the time of her arrival, there were no women in executive offices. But as she reached the top, a corporate culture of men and women was created, and it made the company extremely successful. American Eagle grew to have revenues of $3 billion, launched three new brands and an e-commerce site under McGalla, who eventually became the Chief Merchandising Officer (CMO) and President.
Susan McGalla left American Eagle in January, 2009 to found P3 Executive Consulting. She provided expert advice on marketing, operational efficiency, branding, talent management, supply chain, organizational development, retail positioning and more. Clients were from inside the fashion industry and out.
Susan McGalla has spoken publicly to audiences on leadership in business as a women.
“I was brought up by parents who encouraged me to work hard and present my good ideas with confidence regardless of the audience,” she said at a Carnegie Mellon University Speaker Series for CEOs. “As a result I have been equally comfortable with men and women and excelled at working with both.”
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She became CEO of Wet Seal, another fashion line, in January, 2011. While there, she was involved in strategic planning and improved quality and trends on bizjournals.com.
She became Strategic Planning and Growth Director for the Pittsburgh Steelers in January, 2015.
She serves on the Board of Advisers of Mount Union College, which is her alma mater. Other boards she has or is currently serving on are Magee-Womens Hospital Research Institute and Foundation, HFF, a provider of commercial real estate services, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.
She is married to Stephen McGalla, a wealth manager, and has two children.
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