Susan McGalla; Pittsburgh’s Business Mastermind

Susan McGalla is the former president of American Eagle Outfitters and is also known as the former chief executive officer at Wet Seal Inc. She hails from the lively city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she also served as the former trustee of the University of Pittsburgh. McgGalla also is a member of the boards of HFF Inc. which is a company that provides commercial real estate services.

Susan McGalla although later resided in Pennsylvania was born in East Liverpool, Ohio. She had two brothers and her father who partially raised her served in her city as a local football coach. As she grew older she pursued her education from Mount Union College, where she received her bachelors Degree in marketing and business. She currently works at this school as a member of the college’s board of Advisers. Her husband is Stephen McGalla who has a profession in wealth management.

Mrs. McGalla first commenced her long lasting career at Joseph Home Company, where she took on various management positions and marketing roles until she shifted to American Eagle Outfitters towards the end of 1994. She began employment at American Eagle as a divisional merchandise purchaser for women’s clothing. Throughout her career there she climbed the ladder through many management positions and managerial occupations until she eventually became known as the companies president and chief merchandising officer. Before she acted as CMO for the entire organization she first served as chief merchandise officer for their flagship American Eagle brand. As president she accomplished many things for the company most notably when she coordinated the launch and release of the aerie and 77kids brands for American Eagle Outfitters.

After many years of service to American Eagle Outfitters Susan McGalla left the company in 2009 and moved on to become a private consultant for multiple financial and retail investment industries. She became a successor to Ed Thomas as chief executive officer at Wet Seal in January 2011. When she first began at Wet Seal as the CEO she was pregnant with her child and had to work remotely from home during the pregnancy until she began full time in August of 2011.

Being a dedicated Pittsburgh inhabitant, Susan McGalla later went on to act as the Vice President for Creative Development and Business Strategy for the Steelers, Pittsburgh’s local football team. She still currently holds this position proudly as she assist in helping her local football team achieve its business needs.

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