Meeting Susan McGalla, A Woman Rising Up

 Susan McGalla is an Executive Consultant that resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has led some of the most well-known companies in the United States including American Eagle Outfitters Inc, where she was the President, and Wet Seal Inc. where she was the Chief Executive Officer. McGalla has been a leader in the fashionable clothing business for over 20 years. Her current position is the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburg Steelers.

McGalla earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing from Mount Union College in 1986. She first entered the executive ranks when she started work at American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. Through hard work and effort she eventually led the company as President and Chief Merchandising Officer of the company. During the time she was with American Eagle Outfitters the company went from a revenue of $340 million to over $3 billion. Susan McGalla, in her role as Chief Merchandising Officer, also oversaw the company’s expansion from just one brand of clothing to four brands. By the time she left American Eagle Outfitters the company employed over 28,000 people with over 1,000 stores spread across the entire United States.

As Chief Executive Officer of The Wet Seal, Inc., Susan McGalla reinvented the brand that had been stagnant for years, as well as the company’s other brand Arden B. While she was with the company she hired a plethora of talent across the globe that greatly improved both the executive and middle management of The Wet Seal as well as improving the quality of what they offered and keeping their products trendy and fashionable.

McGalla has been with the Steelers organization for 2 years. She has successfully lead the team’s efforts to offer their fans an experience of involvement and commitment to the team’s success and the purchasing of their products.