Best Buy is refreshing its top leadership naming Corie Barry as the next CEO, and the first female chief in 53 years, replacing Hubert Joly, who will become Executive Chairman of the Board, a newly created role.
Barry, who is currently the electronic retailer’s Chief Financial and Strategic Transformation Officer, joins a relatively small club; women CEOs among S&P 500 companies.
While her promotion is progress for the advancement of women, females remain woefully under represented in top leadership roles at S&P 500 companies, currently accounting for just under 5 percent of those roles, according to data compiled by Catalyst.
Barry has spent over 19 years at the retailer starting her career as a financial analyst in-house and rising through the ranks to become Chief Financial Officer, a role she has held since June of 2016, according to her LinkedIn page.
In her current CFO role, Barry holds 0.03 percent of Best Buy stock, per 2019 SEC filings as listed on Thomson One.