LEADING CORPORATE WOMEN FROM THE FRONT

Susan McGalla is a business person executive consultant who hails from Pittsburgh, who has had numerous stints in the corporate world of retailing. Her career started off with the Joseph Horne Company from 1986 to 1994. Her career catapulted when she joined American Eagle Outfitters when she passed through various positions before finally settling on the top seat, as the president and the company’s chief merchandising officer.

Ms Mc Galla usually speaks of her childhood as being taught to grow as a person and not a woman or a man. She accredits her strength of character to her folks. Her father being a football coach never gave her a much lesser opportunity than her two brothers. She adds that her parents encouraged her to have confidence and work hard in everything. Born in Ohio, Ms Mc Galla attained her degree in business and marketing from Mount Union College. Her husband, Stephen Mc Galla is a US-based wealth manager.

She started the teen retailer, American Eagle Outfitters in 1994 where she led the company to be a market leader in American teen outfits. Being in charge of marketing and design of the brand, Ms Mc Galla during her tenure at the company even wore Jeans at some point to rally teens when she was moving the headquarters of her company to another place. Her style of leadership saw the company start over 77 brands of kid’s clothes, an e-commerce site and the company’s revenue rose to up to $3 billion.

She bid farewell to the company in 2009 but still kept her career consultancy active for the financial and retail industries. During the same year, she was appointed to the board of directors at HFF Inc. a publicly traded company dealing in real estate ventures. She still sits on the board currently. She then had a short stint at Wet Seal where she changed the company’s portfolio for the better by creating unique brands and attracting a new audience for the company’s products, before starting her consulting company P3 executive consulting in 2012. Her consulting company has done jobs for top personalities in the finance industry. Ms Mc Galla has acquired vast experience in her career and is hardworking, not forgetting her passion and flexibility in achieving her consultancy role. Her consultancy company provides expert advice in the fashion industry making her one of the most sought after consultants in the retail industry.

Apart from her work a good consultant, Ms Mc Galla also has plenty in her hand as she sits on the council of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute as well as the University’s Board of Trustees. She is also the director of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. Being a woman and having contributed to the woman power in the corporate world, she has been appointed to the board of Magee-Women’s Hospital Research Institute and Foundation.

Confidence has made her conquer the fashion and retail industry and as seen her earning her respect as an active woman participator even in male-dominated fields. She truly is a champion!

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