Susan was raised in Liverpool, Ohio. Her father was a football coach of a local club. Susan pursued and achieved a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business from the Mount Union College. Currently, she serves as a member of the College Board of Advisors. She is married to a wealth manager known as Stephen McGalla. Susan McGalla is an astute business lady and an executive consultant from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
Her career is marked by hard work, results, and a lot of dedication. She is an expert in retail positioning, business management, and fashion branding. She once served at the American Eagle Outfitters company as the president, and also she has served at the West Seal Inc. as the Chief Executive Officer. Currently, she sits on the board of HFF Inc, which is a firm that provides services in the real estate. Susan also sits on the boards of the Magee-Women Hospital Research Institute and Foundation. She is a former director of Allegheny Conference on Community Development and a former trustee of the University of Pittsburgh.
She began her long career at the Joseph Home Company. It is here where she served in various managerial and marketing solutions. At the American Eagle, she was in charge of divisional merchandise as the buyer of female clothing. She later worked for the same company in various managerial positions until she rose to be the president and the chief officer in charge of merchandising. Before she became the president and the chief merchandising officer, she was in charge of the company’s American Eagle brand. As the company president, she oversaw the launching of the company’s 77kids and aerie brands.
Her tireless work ethic and inborn confidence made her get several job offers, but she ignored many willingly to start her career as a private consultant. Susan McGalla exited from the American Eagle on prnewswire in 2009 and established herself as a private consultant in the retail and the financial investment companies. She was appointed by HFF to be a board of director in 2009. In October the same year, she was able to succeed Ed Thomas as the CEO of the West Seal Inc. During her stay at the West Seal company; McGalla had the duty of developing and executing a brand strategy positioning while at the same time working on a 3-5 year budget for strategic planning and creative process. She was able to fill both the executive and the middle management levels in the company. Before she left West Seal, the company was able to improve on quality and product trends, something that is clearly evidenced by the target customer research.
In July 2012, she parted ways with West Seal company. She founded the P3 Executive consulting, and also became the Director in charge of strategic planning and growth at the Pittsburgh Steelers. Susan McGalla is an excellent model of success to many young women who are thinking about careers in business.