Susan McGalla is one of the top female business executives in the United States. Throughout her career McGalla has worked for a number of well-known companies, and has also made significant philanthropic contributions to her community.
Susan McGalla’s career started in earnest after she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing from Mount Union College in Ohio. Her first job in corporate America was with the Joseph Horne Company for whom she worked in various managerial and marketing positions from 1986 through 1994. Shortly after leaving Joseph Horne, she joined American Eagle Outfitters as a divisional merchandise buyer in the women’s division and worked in various areas of the company before ultimately becoming president and CMO. Under McGalla’s leadership, the company launched two highly successful brands, Aerie and 77kids.
After leaving American Eagle in 2009, McGalla became a private consultant for the retail and financial investment industries. After strictly working in this role for two years, she became the CEO of Wet Seal in January of 2011, succeeding Ed Thomas. After several successful years with Wet Seal, she left to found her own company, P3 Executive Consulting and later took a job with the Pittsburgh Steelers as the Director of Strategic Planning and Growth. Still an active consultant in addition to her role with the Steelers, she is frequently sought after by retail companies all across the country for her insights on the various complexities of the retail and fashion industries.
In addition to her corporate career, McGalla has been a strong philanthropic contributor to the greater Pittsburgh community. Among the philanthropic pursuits in which she has taken part are as a trustee for the University of Pittsburgh, and as the director of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. In addition to being part of these two organizations she is also a board member of HHF Inc., a publicly traded commercial real estate company and the Magee-Womens Hospital Research Institute and Foundation.
Throughout her distinguished career, Susan McGalla has made a significant impact in the business field and has been one of the top female executives in the United States. Her contributions to the multiple companies in which she has worked and to the companies which she has led cannot be understated. She is a Pittsburgh civic treasure and a role model to any young women seeking to achieve success in the field of business. She currently resides in Pittsburgh with her husband and two children.