Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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.


References in periodicals archive ?
Believe me, when a CEO goes home at the end of the day, he doesn't say to his wife, "Honey, as we are about to transition from the dinner table to the bedroom, we need to proactively reassess your core competencies, and maybe shift some paradigms, because I have some important issues that need to be reconciled if we want to continue to have a world-class marriage.
The role of the CEO evolved dramatically over the past years, now offering major organizational and political challenges, along with operations.
And a 1999 survey of Fortune 1,000 CEOs by the executive search firm Heldrick & Struggles found that 36 percent of CEOs were grooming their CFOs for a general management position, and 33 percent were usually considered CEO candidates.
Table D in Appendix II demonstrates, however, that the mean number of levels from the CEO does not vary significantly for those with daily, weekly, or monthly contact with the CEO.
CEO involvement must also continue well beyond an initial program launch.
Formalized in 2002, the CEO mailbox analysis process is now streamlined.
The best opportunities for physicians with CEO aspirations are in small communities, says health care consultant Leland Kaiser.
As Bill Swanson, chairman and CEO of Raytheon, explains, not only do the CEO and COO need to agree on what each will be doing, but the division of tasks needs to be communicated throughout the organization.
Most consultants agree that boards look for charisma, presence, and polish, as the CEO must lead employees and staff while representing the organization to the public.
Wyatt, Phil, CEO, Medical Central Online, IL, (877) 611-4636
Equally important, the CEO signature proposal would impose undue burdens on compliant taxpayers.