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Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

A title held often by the Chairperson of the Board, or the president. The person principally responsible for the activities of a company.

Chief Executive Officer

In a corporation, the highest ranking officer in the company. In smaller companies, the chief executive officer may be combined with the president (the second-highest officer). The CEO has the responsibility of setting the overarching goals of the company and ensuring that they are met. He/she often serves as a point person between the company's management and the board of directors. The CEO is usually a member of the board of directors himself/herself. Generally speaking, the smaller a firm is, the more day-to-day management responsibilities the CEO has.


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It's hard to write a headline for a CEO column, because headlines are supposed to reveal the main news nugget of the story, and most CEO columns are embarrassingly bereft of news nuggets.
Many of the CEO/MDs I know were promoted to the top spot from their role as CMO or EVP--just as COOs have traditionally been promoted to CEO from within.
Of course, even to be considered for a CEO post, a CFO must have already developed an impressive array of abilities.
Table C in Appendix II summarizes the responses by CEO background.
The role of the CEO in diversity is to be lead dog, not to ride in the sled," asserted David Bell, co-chairman of the advertising conglomerate Interpublic Group.
Because the CEO mailbox is available in Canada's two official languages (French and English), the team had to ensure they could interpret and respond to submissions in both languages.
One consultant put it this way: "A CEO needs to know how to relate to the common man.
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While the senior officers (including the CEO and CFO) remain ultimately responsible for the company's compliance with the tax laws--and all other laws--it would be rare that a CEO could be personally involved in, or knowledgeable about, the plethora of tax rules that apply to literally thousands of transactions that are reflected in the company's tax returns.