Growing up with a family who encouraged hard work and confidence set the stage for Susan McGalla to be a successful business woman who has inspired many women along the way. McGalla’s upbringing catapulted her into a career that not only has given her a platform to display her superior marketing and branding skills but has also made her an inspiration for other women.
Of her parents’ three children, McGalla was the only girl. However, her parents sought to encourage their daughter to view her gender not as a disadvantage, as some would have it, but as an innate attribute that was simply part of her appearance. Her upbringing proved to be a key element in unlocking McGalla’s potential when she entered the workforce. Check this out.
McGalla’s success in senior-level positions began with management roles at Joseph Horne Company, where she worked for eight years before moving on to her most notable position as President and Chief Merchandising Officer at American Eagle Outfitters (HFF, Investor Relations). During her tenure at American Eagle, McGalla was responsible for revenues of up to $3 billion along with four brands and an e-commerce site. McGalla eventually left American Eagle to explore new heights in her career including a position as CEO of Wet Seal, Inc. from 2011-2012 and founder of her own consulting company, P3 Executive Consulting, LLC. Through her consulting company, McGalla offers comprehensive services to clients within and outside of the specialty retail industry. The services offered through her company include everything from branding and marketing to product merchandising and talent management. Though CEO and entrepreneur can signify the summit of one’s career, McGalla has not slowed down but has moved on to obtaining a highly coveted position. Follow her on twitter.com
Currently, Susan McGalla is the Director of Strategic Planning for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In her current position, McGalla has placed an emphasis on Steelers’ fans and diversifying the team’s merchandise. She has ventured out creating focus groups and taking advantage of social media. McGalla’s talent, expertise, and vast experience have equipped her to make a lasting impression with the Steelers as she continues to elevate in her career.