Everyone that follows business news, and especially about American Eagles Outfitters must have heard about Susan McGalla In case you haven’t heard about her yet, is the former president of the company and is famous for leading this company to tremendous growth during her time in the office. Besides being president at American Eagles, Susan has worked at Wet Seal and was a trustee at the University of Pittsburg. Currently, she is a board member at HFF, Inc, a company that provides commercial real estate, and also the Magee Women’s Hospital Research Institute Foundation.
This exemplary business leader was born and raised East Liverpool, Ohio. She grew up in a family with two brothers, and her dad was a football coach. After her elementary and high school education, she joined the Mount Union College where she studied Business and Marketing. She attained her Bachelors degree and started working for the Joseph Horne Company. Here, she was in charge of Marketing and at some point even management. She stayed at this company for 8 years.
Susan of susanmcgalla.com joined the American Eagles outfitters in 1994 after leaving Joseph Horne. When she joined the company, she was appointed the role of a Merchandise buyer for clothes belonging to women. There were several other roles that she served under until she was appointed as the CMO. She spent another couple of years as a CMO after which she got the appointment to run the entire company. One of the things she is very proud of from her work at American Eagles is that she oversaw the launch of the 77 and the Aaerie children’s clothing brands, both which have brought the company millions of dollars in sales.
She left American Eagles after 2 years of service and decided to pursue a career as a private consultant. She was able to get several companies to consult with her, something that she still does up to date. In 2009, Susan got an appointment at Wet Seal. She stayed there for another 2 years before she decided to concentrate on her own business, P3 consulting. Currently, in addition to her private consulting business, Susan is the Director of Planning and Strategic Growth at Pittsburg Steelers.
As you can see, Susan has had a very long and successful leader in business in the country. In her interviews with the media, Susan always states that growing up in a household full of men wasn’t the easiest thing. However, it was an excellent chance for her to interact with members of the opposite sex. As a result, she did not have issues when it came to being a leader in a male dominated world. She says that when she joined American Eagles, it was male dominated and no one would have thought about women leading; but she was able to break the stereotypes and achieve a lot of success in the workplace. As a matter of fact, during her period as president, the company made 3 billion dollars in profit.