Susan McGalla: Business Expert Turned Consultant
Susan McGalla is an American businesswoman, wife, and mother. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from the small private college in Ohio known as Mount Union. She was employed by Joseph Horne Co. for eight years working her way through up the ranks of managerial and merchandise buying titles before being hired in 1994 by American Eagle Outfitters. At American Eagle Susan McGalla worked up the chain through several managerial roles after being hired as a divisional manager and finally became the Chief Merchandising Officer (CMO) and President, first of the flagship brand and, eventually, of the entire company. It was during McGalla’s tenure that the aerie and 77kids brands were successfully launched.
After a near 15 year tenure with American Eagle Outfitters, Susan McGalla went into private consulting for retail and financial consulting firms. She remained in a consulting position for two years until being appointed CEO of Wet Seal, Inc. Following her time with Wet Seal, Susan McGalla returned to found a new business, P3 Executive Consulting, in the Pittsburg area where she remains currently. P3 Executive Consulting brings the experience of McGalla as the previous head of multiple businesses including a Fortune 500 company to businesses looking to hire a consulting firm to ensure the successful launch or continued success of their brand. The legendary Pittsburg Steelers also retain McGalla as their Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development.
McGalla currently is on the Board of Advisors for her alma mater, Mount Union College. Additionally she is sits on the boards of HFF, Inc. and the Magee-Women’s Hospital Research Institution and Foundation. Susan was the daughter of a local football coach and is an Ohio native and current resident of Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband, Stephan McGalla, a wealth manager.