Former AEO exec to take on CEO role at Wet Seal

Foothill Ranch, Calif. -- Specialty apparel retailer Wet Seal announced that it has entered into an employment contract with Susan McGalla to serve as its new CEO through Aug. 8, 2014. McGalla will assume her position as CEO on Jan. 18. Ed Thomas will remain as interim CEO until Jan. 18, and thereafter will remain employed by the company until Feb. 8, to assist with transition.

McGalla joins Wet Seal after her 14-year tenure with American Eagle Outfitters. She most recently served as its president and chief merchandising officer, leading a portfolio of four brands reaching customers ranging across the children’s, teen and young contemporary demographic spaces.

McGalla stated, “I am very excited to assume the CEO helm at Wet Seal. The company has tremendous growth potential, and the financial strength to execute its growth and other business strategies. I look forward to partnering with management and the board of directors to build upon the success of this well recognized juniors and young contemporary retail franchise.”