American Eagle Outfitters is one of the most popular retail stores in America. The clothing store has become a hit with the younger crowds due to it’s various styles of merchandise. Much of American Eagle’s success is attributed to Susan McGalla.
From an early age, the Ohio native had ambitious dreams. With her hard work and confidence, McGalla would set forth a successful career path. After graduating from Mount Union College in 1986, McGalla began working for the department store Joseph Horne Company. McGalla’s eight-year tenure at Joseph Horne helped hone her marketing skills, which would become useful in later in her career.
Following her departure from Joseph Horne, McGalla was hired by American Eagle Outfitters, which would be the epitome of her business career. Early on at American Eagle, McGalla worked in a managerial role before being promoted to President and Chief Merchandising Officer. With her new lead role, McGalla would create ideas for merchandise, which would then lead to American Eagle Outfitters becoming a hit in the retail arena.
Despite her success with American Eagle, Susan McGalla decided to leave the company in 2009. Yet, that hasn’t stopped the businesswoman from slowing down. She would go on to work for a real estate firm called HFF Inc, before making a return to the retail world by joining Wet Seal Inc. Her times with both companies was short-lived, yet were an important stepping stone in her career.
McGalla’s resume to continues to grow with her new role as The Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for NFL’s top team, The Pittsburgh Steelers. Aside from her job with The Steelers, McGalla also has her own executive consulting firm.
With her list of high-profile jobs, Susan McGalla has shown she’s one of the top successful businesswomen.