The Formidable Susan P. McGalla

Susan McGalla is a 41-year-old American businesswoman, who has had a successful corporate and retail career serving in several top executive positions throughout her career as well as serving as an executive consultant for her company P3 Executive Consultant, LLC. She is also a board member of HFF Incorporated, a company that provides real estate services, and the Magee Women’s Hospital Research Institute and Foundation.

Susan P. McGalla hails from East Liverpool, Ohio. She was raised together with two older brothers by supportive parents who encouraged hard work, confidence and the pursuance of good ideas regardless of gender. She credits some of her success to her football coach father. According to McGalla, gender was considered as neither a helpful nor a hindering factor. Thus, from an early age she became comfortable working with both men and women.

McGalla attended Mount Union College where she received her BA in business marketing, and later joined Joseph Horne Company where she began her career, and in the process landing various marketing and eventual managerial positions. She later joined American Eagles Outfitters in 1994 as a divisional merchandise buyer for women’s clothing. While serving here, she blossomed due to her creativity, hard work and independence to become the company’s president and chief merchandising officer in charge of design and marketing for the American Eagle Brand. In her tenure, the company attained revenues of up to 3 billion dollars, increased their total brands to four and opened an e-commerce site. In 2007, she became the president and chief merchandising officer for American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. In 2011, McGalla joined the wet seal, Inc as chief executive officer. At wet Seal, she was tasked with reinventing the company brand. Her time with Wet Seal saw the company improve its product trends and quality. She especially focused on customer research, development, creativity and budgeting.

McGalla later entered into the world of consultancy opening her own firm, P3 Executive Consulting, in 2013. She offered her expertise and vast work experience in the world of retail to some of the biggest financial players in the retail, clothing and corporate sectors. As of January 2015, McGalla joined the Pittsburg Steelers, LLC as director of strategic planning and growth.

Throughout her successful career, McGalla has helped in one way or another to champion for the rights and position of women in both the corporate and retail sector. She once stated that she joined American Eagle outfit when it was a predominantly male company with a fully male dominated board and executive. She passionately speaks out to audiences on issues such as how to navigate the business world as a woman and staying ahead. Her vision is to see more successful businesswomen come up in 2015.

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