Susan McGalla at the Throne of Success

Born in 1964 in Ohio, Susan McGalla has risen to become an esteemed businesswoman as well as an executive consultant from Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Her journey towards success began when she acquired a bachelor’s degree from the Mount Union College majoring in business and marketing in which she has built her life upon. Many know her from her former president role in American Eagle Outfitters Inc., or yet as the CEO of Wet Seal Inc. currently, she is on the board of the Magee women Hospital Research Institute and Foundation as well as HFF Inc. Her vast experience has been built by her involvement with many companies such as American Eagle Outfitters where she served as the chief merchandising officer. She also once became a private consultant focused on financial and retail investment.


From her personal experience, Susan McGalla has always endeavored to inspire other women. She has spoken in various forums including the Women and Girl’s Foundation in Pittsburgh. She also shared her story with the PR Newswire. She spoke of how she has always learned to work hard having been raised in a household with a football coach father and two older brothers. From this, she has been able to succeed even in a male dominated platform such as the American eagle. She has hope that women from all over the world can learn from her.


It was not until May 2016 that Susan earned her title as the vice president of Business Strategy and Creative Development. Her position means that she is in charge of design, promoting and selling of the brand to all American teens. She has become so attached to this that she wore jeans to help lead an event on the South Side in aim to sell out the plan to move the headquarters there.


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