The Steel City has a lot of pride in its football with one of the longest running NFL teams playing there in the Pittsburgh Steelers. One of the most important parts of that franchise’s history is the fans, and that’s why they’ve put a lot of work into the pro shop. Susan McGalla, the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development has been key in the building of a new pro shop at Heinz Field that is highly interactive and gives fans an experience to remember. She’s also been excited about new famous player jerseys that have been added to the shelves, and they come in both men’s and women’s colors. McGalla has used more than 30 years in retail experience to help personalize the Steeler fan merchandise.
Susan McGalla is from East Liverpool, OH and is both a graduate and a board advisor of Mount Union College. She spent several years in retail management for the now defunct Joseph Horne Company, and then went to American Eagle Outfitters where she’s been most famous for her roles as Chief Merchandising Officer and president. McGalla helped the trendy retailer expand its apparel product availability, increase its revenue line, and even open several other retail chains including the Aerie stores for teen girls and young adult women, and the 77Kids for children. She served a total of 16 years with the company.
Susan McGalla has been in executive leadership roles with other organizations such as the University of Pittsburgh’s health foundation, the Allegheny Redevelopment Conference and FFH, a real estate investment firm. McGalla has often been asked about what it’s like to be a woman who has led big companies, and she has usually said that gender doesn’t matter in these leadership roles. She prefers to simply view colleagues and subordinates as people.
Find out more about Susan McGalla: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/09/18/steelers-overhaul-fan-gear-closet-introduce-new-fashion-campaign/