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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.
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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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Most CEOs interviewed agree that marginal hospitals that do not adhere to quality guidelines would probably close or change status.
Invariably, the CEO will say his company compares favorably.)
"In Brazil, managerial talent is scarce so very good people have employability well into their late 60s." The majority of the Super CEOs, however, are in their 40s and 50s.
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Ensuring that every employee behaves in ways consistent with the company's policies is the true substance of leadership - the true substance of the CEO's job - because it involves decisions made and actions taken throughout every hour of every business day.
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Growth company CEOs continue to plan to add more jobs: 81 percent say they will add employees over the next 12 months, paralleling 80 percent in the March survey.
A realistic point of view also helps, added Larry Mason, president and COO of Goodyear, who said CEOs need to be realistic about the capabilities of their organizations.
As a physician, your career trajectory is expected to be different from that of the traditional CEOs, whose career paths progress from humble beginnings in entry level management positions.
Most recruiters interviewed for this article contend that increasingly, CEOs and boards come to a point where if they sense they need someone who has vital industry or event experience, they will look outside for a new CFO who has that.