Getting to Know Susan McGalla

Background

Susan McGalla was born on May 31, 1964 in East Liverpool Ohio. During her childhood she was raised by her mother and father alongside two brothers. As Susan was growing up, her father continued coaching the football program at a local school. Subsequent to graduating high school, Susan McGalla began her studies in business and marketing at Mount Union College, which is located in Alliance, Ohio. Currently, she serves on the Board of Advisors for her alma mater, after many years of working with corporations.

Career

After graduating from Mount Union College, Susan McGalla landed a position at Joseph Horne Company, where she worked in several positions for eight years. In 1994, Susan began to work for American Eagle Outfitters, where she also worked in several different positions. It is with American Eagle Outfitters that Susan solidified her name and image, because she later became the president of the company in addition to the chief merchandising officer (CMO). Susan worked in these high-authority positions until 2009 when she became a private consultant and was appointed to the board of directors of HFF Inc. Later in 2009 she began work with Wet Seal Inc, where she served several roles that would lead to her beginning P3 Executive Consulting in 2012. Susan McGalla now does work for the Pittsburg Steelers.

Leadership

Susan McGalla’s childhood plays a crucial role in her views on life and leadership. With her dad being the coach of a football team, Susan was raised to work hard despite her gender. Her upbringing allowed for her to be equally comfortable with members of both genders and to be confident with her decision making. Her work with American Eagle Outfitters, where the workforce was mostly comprised of male employees, fortified her character and enforced that she needed to work hard in order to succeed. Susan served several positions as a leader at American Eagle Outfitter prior to being appointed as the president and chief merchandising officer (CMO). Over the years, Susan McGalla has gone on to serve many additional leadership roles and encourages other women to work hard to be in that position.

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