How Susan McGalla Earned A Career She Loves

Susan McGalla is a successful businesswoman that is from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. She has worked at the top level of American retail companies during her career, as well as a sought out executive consultant in a variety of industries. Presently, she works for the Pittsburg Steelers as their Vice President of Creative Development and Business Strategy.

Susan’s first job was at Joseph Horne Company. During the eight years she was with this company she worked her way up to a number of different managerial roles. In 1994 she saw an opportunity to advance her career by joining American Eagle Outfitters where she was a merchandise buyer for the company. Eventually, she was named President and Chief Merchandising Officer. During her tenure at American Eagle Outfitters, she successfully launched two brands, 77kids and aerie.

After leaving American Eagle Outfitters in 2009, Susan McGalla became a private consultant. She provided her services to those in the financial and retail industries who sought out her expertise. She rejoined the world of retail herself when she was named the CEO of Wet Seal, Inc. In 2012 she left this retailer and expanded her consulting business, naming it P3 Executive Consulting.

Susan was very excited to earn a job with the Pittsburg Steelers. She grew up a huge fan of the team, along with her two brothers and her dad who was a football coach. She is motivated that she now gets to share that passion with the fans of the team, introducing new clothing and accessories associated with the team she loves.

Susan McGalla credits her parents with always treating her as a person rather than as a male or female. She has taken this attitude into her career and has said several times that she never plays the “woman card” in order to get ahead.


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