For an incoming CEO, Barry is fairly young, turning 44 this week. By comparison, the median age when men and women are appointed CEOs is approximately 55, according to corporate data research provider Equilar.
Barry's appointment is now in progress.
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Why the big drop-off?
Women who do make it to the C-suite "Hot" jobs are primarily revenue-generating, growth-driving positions that provide people with the skill sets and visibility that are more likely to put them on the CEO track ] typically take the non-revenue generating roles in finance, marketing or human resources, Hariton noted.
So, they remain unconscious biases and stereotyping women in the workplace, as well as a "Goldilocks Syndrome." For instance, a woman risks being either assertive or not assertive enough for a given role. Harry explained.
In Barry's case, she came through the finance channel but so served in some operational roles at Best Buy along the way, including a stint as its chief strategic growth officer.
Barry was groomed for the CEO's spot, Hariton said.
– CNN's Nathaniel Meyersohn contributed to this report.