Susan McGalla is an executive consultant and a successful American businesswoman from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. She received considerable recognition when she held the position as the President of American Eagle Outfitters Incorporated. She additionally served Wet Seal Incorporated as their Chief Executive Officer. Susan McGalla is a member of the board for HFF Incorporated who provides commercially based real estate services on a publicly traded platform. She also sits on the board for the Magee-Womens Hospital Research Institute and Foundation. She previously worked with the University of Pittsburgh as a trustee and currently holds the position of director for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.
Susan McGalla’s career initially began in 1986 where her work involved various positions in management and marketing for the Joseph Horne Company. She went to work for American Eagle Outfitters in 1994 when she left the Joseph Horne Company. Her career at American Eagle began with purchasing women’s clothing as a Divisional Merchandise Buyer. She continued her work with the company and filled numerous positions in management until she was promoted by the company. This was when she became the Chief Merchandising Officer and the President. Susan McGalla had previously served as the President for one of American Eagles Flagship companies before taking on the responsibility of company President. During the period of time she acted as President she launched 77 brands for kids as well as the company’s aerie.
In January of 2009 Susan McGalla left American Eagle to become a private consultant. Her work concerned the industries of financial investing and retail. This was when HFF Incorporated appointed her to their Board of Directors. Her succession of Ed Thomas as Wet Seal Incorporated’s Chief Executive Officer occurred in October of 2009. Towards the beginning of her tenure Susan McGalla became pregnant and began working remotely until August of 2011 when she became a full time employee. After declining sales continued for eleven months she was terminated by the company with an effective immediately status in July of 2012. She then founded P3 Executive Consulting and is the Pittsburgh Steelers Vice President in Creative Development and Business Strategies.
Susan McGalla was born in East Liverpool, Ohio where she spent her childhood with her two brothers. Her father coached local football. She attended the Mount Union College and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing and is on the Board of Advisors for the college. Her husband is Stephen McGalla and he specializes in wealth management.