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Chief Operating Officer (COO)

The officer of a firm responsible for day-to-day management, usually the president or an executive vice-president.

Chief Operating Officer

The manager of a company (often but not always a publicly-traded company) who is responsible for the overall day-to-day operations. That is, the COO ensures smoothness in the process of producing and distributing the company's goods or of providing its services. A COO is responsible to the CEO and the board of directors.
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Bill Shepard is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chief Operating Officer Business Forum (COO Forum) based in Silicon Valley.
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Yao writes that the Council is particularly useful because it enables federal agencies and their chief operating officers to "learn together" and address critical management issues.
Yao also recommends that the next President choose his OMB deputy director for management carefully but quickly; be explicit about the role of federal chief operating officers as the incoming Administration recruits federal agency deputy secretaries; and institutionalize the roles of chief operating officers and the Council by issuing an Executive Order.
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