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The Making of Susan McGalla, the Most Sought After Executive Consultant

Susan McGalla is an accomplished American businesswoman who is also the vice president of business strategy and creative development at The Pittsburgh Steelers, LLC. Susan is well known for her skills in merchandising, leadership and retail. Over the years, Susan has made her name as one of the most sought after executive consultants.

Career and Education Background

After graduating with an undergraduate bachelor degree in business and marketing from Mount Union College, Susan was ready to begin her career. Her career began at Joseph Horne Company, where she held several positions including marketing and managerial. Susan worked at the company until 1994, when McGalla joined American Eagle Outfitters (AEO). At this company, she began as divisional merchandise buyer. The hard working business genius quickly grew to hold several managerial positions before she was ultimately named as the firm’s president and chief merchandise officer.

Success Stories

Susan McGalla star began to shine while serving at American Eagle Outfitters. Under her tenure, she raised the revenue of the enterprise from $340 million to over $3 billion. She also expanded the firm from one brand to four brands. Susan was able to manage over 1,000 stores and more than 28,000 employees excellently. It was also under her leadership when the company launched AEO’s Aerie, a lingerie retailer, and more than 77 kids’ brands. Susan left AEO in 2009 and joined Independant where she served as the retail industry consultant for two years before leaving in 2011.

In 2011, she joined The Wet Seal, Inc, where she served as the CEO. Under her tenure, she reinvented two brands, Arden B. and Wet Seal, which had been stagnant for long. By so doing, she attracted and hired world class brains at middle management and executive levels. Susan also improved customer satisfaction through improving product quality. She left the firm in 2012 and founded P3 Executive consulting, LLC. She left the company for two successful years and joined The Pittsburgh Steelers, LLC, where she currently serves as the vice president of business strategy and creative development. With such a remarkable background, Susan is arguably the best consultant in marketing strategies and corporate fashion.

Board Membership

Susan McGalla sits on several boards. She is a member of Magee-Women Hospital Research Institute and Foundation. She also sits on the board of HFF, Inc., a publicly traded firm that offers commercial real estate services. Susan is also the director of Allegheny Conference on Community Development. Earlier she had served as a trustee of the University of Pittsburgh.