Susan McGalla Paves the Way For Women Executives

Susan McGalla grew up in a family with two brothers and a father who was a football coach. She was no stranger to being the “odd person out” because she wasn’t given any advantage from that crowd when she was growing up. She had to earn what she wanted and she took that skill with her in life and it has made her extremely successful.

She worked her way up through the steps at American Eagle Outfitters to become the President of the company. In an organization where all of the executives were men, and in a supposed male type of company, she outshined them all to take over the highest leadership role.

She left American Eagle to start her own consulting firm, P3 Executive Consulting. She is now the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Strategy for the National League Football team Pittsburgh Steelers. Again, in a male-dominated business she holds her own. She goes into a situation not too worried that she is a woman because she has talent and is able to express her ideas in such a way that they just make sense.

Even with more and more women taking on key leadership roles, there is still that glass ceiling that everyone keeps talking about. Women such as Susan McGalla provides a great example of what women can do, but not all women are able to find and take part in these chances for the opportunity.

There are plenty of work groups and initiatives for women as well, but it doesn’t seem that they are the answer. Even though these groups give women the opportunity to network, share ideas, and it provides platforms for women to plan and strategize there is something lacking.

Even with the plethora of women’s initiatives, they still only hold about a quarter of the key leadership roles in American business. One area where there is an exciting breakthrough is the mentorship and sponsorship of women by executives who can come alongside women and help them find the executive roles where they can shine and earn their way to the top. This way more women like Susan McGalla can show their abilities and make a difference.

Categories: CEO
Dec
12

David McDonald, Making The OSI Group The Success It Is Today

The OSI Group is a leading privately held corporation that provides sandwiches, pizza and protein items to food service brands. OSI Group is headquartered in Aurora, IL and operates in over 50 facilities located in 17 countries. They are focusing on expanding and becoming a strong presence in China. The OSI Group has grown substantially over the past 20 years as China itself has grown. They are the largest poultry producer in the nation. In the Henan province they created one of the largest plants for food processing. They also made an agreement with DOYOO Group which in turn created DaOSI their third largest operation in China. Some of their biggest clients are Papa John’s, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Saizeriva, Subway and Burger King.

China is an important market to be involved with as it is the largest growing consumer market in the world. OSI Group built a beef-processing facility in Poland that will increase OSI’s employee staff by 30 percent. Just recently, n Madanapalle, India, they created a plant that will focus on vegetable products to retail and fast food restaurants. A new plant was also announced in Geneva that will produce private-label and branded frozen foods. OSI Group isn’t just about food production. They are also focused on product development. They continually work with their clients to help grow their businesses. A consumers taste in food and their food choices change frequently. The OSI Group will work with their clients to create organic, premium, all natural and affordable foods to offer on their menus.

The OSI Group is lucky to have such a successful leader such as David McDonald. He is the president of the company working with CEO Sheldon Lavin. David McDonald has only one goal in mind. To make the OSI Group the world leader in supply food that is not only high-quality but healthy as well. His partnerships alone have allowed the company to succeed in the South America, Europe and Asia markets.

David McDonald graduated from Iowa State University studying animal science. He has held the position of president of the OSI Group for over 30 years. He also held the title of project manager for OSI Industries’. David McDonald is a current member of the board of directors for the OSI Group and the director of the OSI International Foods Pty Limited based in Australia. What started out as a small meat market in Chicago has become a multi-million dollar operation thanks to David McDonald.

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Dec
12