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Susan McGalla, The Iron Lady

Susan McGalla, The Iron Lady

Businesswoman Susan McGalla is a boss like no other. With that being said, she has no limitation when it comes to doing business. As evidenced by the positions she has held, Susan McGalla is the epitome of a business professional. Compared to most, she is in the top tier of corporate executives. Susan has led corporations with relative ease. Popular brands such as Wet Seal and American Eagle Outfitters were once under her watch. Not only that, they thrived while under her authority.


Currently, Susan is on the boards of HFF inc. HFF Inc. is a company that is publicly traded. In addition, HFF Inc. provides a host of real estate services. Throughout her career, Susan has always held authoritative positions. Susan McGalla birthed her professional career in 1986. During that time, she held a managerial position at Joseph Horne Company. By 1995, she became a part of the American Eagle Outfitters team. While there, she served as a divisional merchandise buyer.


Eventually, she would become president of the company. In 2009, McGalla declared a farewell to American Eagle and ventured into consulting. By October of that year, McGalla was appointed as the board of directors of HFF Inc. In January of 2011, she became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Wet Seal. In all honesty, McGalla comes from a modest background. Originally, Susan McGalla hails from Liverpool, Ohio. This is where she was born and raised. She also has three siblings.


Her father supported their family as a football coach. While at Mount Union College, she received a bachelor’s degree in business. Currently, she is on the board of advisors at the college. By sharing her story with the world, Susan McGalla is empowering to women. In her spare time, she eagerly gives advice to young women at colleges.