Jon Houdyschell | Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Jon Houdyschell | Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Jon Houdyschell | Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

What Is Chief Executive Officer (CEO)? ( by Jon Houdyschell )

A chief executive officer (CEO) is the highest-ranking executive in a company, whose primary responsibilities include making major corporate decisions, managing the overall operations and resources of a company, acting as the main point of communication between the board of directors (the board) and corporate operations and being the public face of the company. A CEO is elected by the board and its shareholders.

Understanding Chief Executive Officers
A CEO’s role varies from one company to another depending on the company’s size, culture, and corporate structure. In large corporations, CEOs typically deal only with very high-level strategic decisions and those that direct the company’s overall growth. In smaller companies, CEOs often are more hands-on and involved with day-to-day functions. CEOs can set the tone, vision, and sometimes the culture of their organizations.

Because of their frequent dealings with the public, sometimes the chief executive officers of large corporations become famous. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook (FB), for example, is a household name today. Similarly, Steve Jobs, founder, and CEO of Apple (AAPL), became such a global icon that following his death in 2011, an explosion of documentary films about him emerged.

Related Chief Positions
Corporate America houses numerous titles of senior executives that begin with the letter C, for “chief.” This group of top senior staffers has come to be called C-suite, or C-level, in the vernacular.

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