Susan McGalla was the President of American Eagle Outfitters Inc. She worked her way up to becoming Chief Executive Officer of Wet Seal. Susan has been a board member of HFFC Inc. The company provides real estate services and is traded publicly on the stock market. McGalla spent time on the board of Magee-Womens Hospital Research Institute and Foundation. She had been a trustee at the University of Pittsburgh where she held the title of Director of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.
Susan McGalla’s corporate career began at Joseph Horne Company. She rose through the ranks by serving different management positions throughout the mid 80s and 90s. American Eagle presented Susan with the opportunity to become Divisional Merchandise Buyer for Women’s Clothing. Susan excelled at this position. She went on to become President and Chief of Merchandising at American Eagle Outfitters. Susan had a skill that enabled her to develop brands. She was the leader of the Aerei and 77kids brands. These business models proved to be huge successes. Susan left American Eagle to go into private consulting with HFFC Inc. She was on the board of directors at HFFC and replaced Ed Thomas in January of 2011.
Susan McGalla is an example of leadership in corporate America for women. She launched P3 Executive Consulting LLC. It is a demonstration of how a female executive can compete in an industry that is dominated by men. McGalla has been offered numerous speaking engagements. The events draw huge audiences. The Women and Girls Foundation of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Mellon University Speaker Series for CEOs have all reached out to Susan as an inspirational personality.
McGalla was brought up in a family of men. Her father was a football coach who did not expect her to look for shortcuts because she was a girl. This type of work ethic lived in Susan throughout her academic and professional life. She credits her upbringing for giving her the resolve to compete in a powerful industry where very few women are leaders. McGalla continues to inspire other females in corporate America to push past the obstacles that they inherently face.