Susan McGalla Has Succeeded In a Man’s World of Business

spcblog, 04 May 2017, No comments
Categories: Business Leader

Susan McGalla once told a Pittsburg newspaper reporter: “It was always taught that I was a person. I was not a man or a woman.”


That perspective gained in part from her football coach dad almost certainly helped McGalla succeed in the still male-dominated world of business where women make up just 4% of CEOs for Fortune 500 companies.


But McGall has served as president and CEO of two major companies.


After earning a business and marketing degree from University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio, McGalla began her career working her way up the ladder at the iconic regional department chain, Joseph Horne Company. She worked there in marketing and management until the company folded in 1994, the victim of changing economic times.


But when one door closes another opens, and McGalla’s talents were eagerly scooped up by American Eagle Outfitters, a company which she would one day lead as president. She started at American Eagle as a divisional merchandise buyer for women’s clothing.


After 14 years and a successful stint leading American Eagle Outfitters, McGalla moved forward and found her way to the helm of another clothing operation, Wet Seal, a teen clothing retailer based in Foothill Ranch, California.


She served as CEO for Wet Seal for just over a year before deciding to strike out on her own, founded P3 Executive Consulting.


Today she serves as Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She also sits on the boards of a publicly traded real estate firm, HFF Inc., and the Magee-Womens Hospital Research Institute and Foundation.


Some of her other community-based activities include serving as a trustee of the University of Pittsburgh and director of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.




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