Company Titles

Some company titles

CEO – Chief Executive Officer

COO – Chief Operational Officer

CCO – Chief Content Officer

chief academic officer CAO Responsible for academic administration at universities and other higher education institutions.

chief accounting officer CAO Responsible for overseeing all accounting and bookkeeping functions, ensuring that ledger accounts, financial statements, and cost control systems are operating effectively.

chief administrative officer CAO Responsible for business administration, including daily operations and overall performance.

chief artificial intelligence officer CAIO Responsible for AI research department.

chief analytics officer CAO Responsible for data analysis and interpretation.

chief architect CA Responsible for designing systems for high availability and scalability, specifically in technology companies. Often called enterprise architect (EA).

chief audit executive CAE Responsible for the internal audit.

chief business officer CBO Responsible for the companyโ€™s deal making, provides leadership and execute a deal strategy that will allow the company to fulfill its scientific/technology mission and build shareholder value, provides managerial guidance to the companyโ€™s product development staff as needed.

chief business development officer CBDO Responsible for business development plans, design and implementation of processes to support business growth.

chief brand officer CBO Responsible for a brand’s image, experience, and promise, and propagating it throughout all aspects of the company, overseeing marketing, advertising, design, public relations and customer service departments.

chief commercial officer CCO Responsible for commercial strategy and development.

chief communications officer CCO Responsible for communications to employees, shareholders, media, bloggers, influencers, the press, the community, and the public. Practical application of communication studies.

chief compliance officer CCO Responsible for overseeing and managing regulatory compliance.

chief content officer CCO Responsible for developing and commissioning content (media) for broadcasting channels and multimedia exploitation.

chief creative officer CCO In one sense of the term, responsible for the overall look and feel of marketing, media, and branding. In another sense, similar to chief design officer.

chief customer officer CCO Responsible for customer relationship management.

chief development officer CDO Responsible for activities developing the business, usually through added products, added clients, markets or segments.

chief data officer CDO Responsible for enterprise-wide governance and utilization of information and data as assets, via data processing, data analysis, data mining, information trading, and other means.

chief design officer CDO Responsible for overseeing all design aspects of a company’s products and services, including product design, graphic design, user experience design, industrial design, and package design, and possibly aspects of advertising, marketing, and engineering.

chief digital officer CDO Responsible for adoption of digital technologies, digital consumer experiences, the process of digital transformation, and devising and executing social strategies.

chief diversity officer CDO Responsible for diversity and inclusion, including diversity training and equal employment opportunity.

chief engineering officer CEngO Similar to the more common chief technology officer (CTO); responsible for technology/product R & D and/or manufacturing issues in a technology company, oversees the development of technology being commercialized.

chief executive officer CEO Responsible for the overall vision and direction of an organization, making the final decisions over all of the corporation’s operations. The highest-ranking management officer; often also the chairman of the board. Usually called CEO in the United States, chief executive or managing director in the United Kingdom, Commonwealth of Nations, and some other countries.

chief experience officer CXO Responsible for user experience, overseeing user experience design and user interface design. โ€œCXOโ€ is not to be confused with โ€œCxOโ€, a term commonly used when referring to any one of various chief officers.

chief financial officer CFO Responsible for all aspects of finances.

chief gaming officer CGO Responsible for both the game development and the online/offline publishing functions of a company that makes video games.

chief human resources officer CHRO Responsible for all aspects of human resource management and industrial relations.

chief information officer CIO Responsible for information technology (IT), particularly in IT companies or companies that rely heavily on an IT infrastructure.

chief information security officer CISO Responsible for information security.

chief innovation officer CINO Responsible for innovation.

chief investment officer CIO Responsible for investment and/or for the asset liability management (ALM) of typical large financial institutions such as insurers, banks and/or pension funds.

chief information technology officer CITO Responsible for information technology. Often equivalent to chief information officer (CIO) and, in a company that sells IT, chief technology officer (CTO).

chief knowledge officer CKO Responsible for managing intellectual capital and knowledge management.

chief legal officer CLO Responsible for overseeing and identifying legal issues in all departments and their interrelation, as well as corporate governance and business policy.

Often called general counsel (GC) or chief counsel.

chief learning officer CLO Responsible for learning and training.

chief marketing officer CMO Responsible for marketing; job may include sales management, product development, distribution channel management, marketing communications (including advertising and promotions), pricing, market research, and customer service.

chief medical officer CMO Responsible for scientific and medical excellence, especially in pharmaceutical companies, health systems, hospitals, and integrated provider networks. The title is used in many countries for the senior government official who advises on matters of public health importance. In the latter sense compare also Chief Dental Officer (Canada) and Chief Dental Officer (England).

chief networking officer CNO Responsible for social capital within the company and between the company and its partners.

chief nursing officer CNO Responsible for nursing.

chief operating officer COO Responsible for business operations, including operations management, operations research, and (when applicable) manufacturing operations; role is highly contingent and situational, changing from company to company and even from a CEO to their successor within the same company. Often called โ€œdirector of operationsโ€ in the nonprofit sector.

chief privacy officer CPO Responsible for all the privacy of the data in an organization, including privacy policy enforcement.

chief process officer CPO Responsible for business processes and applied process theory, defining rules, policies, and guidelines to ensure that the main objectives follow the company strategy as well as establishing control mechanisms.

chief procurement officer CPO Responsible for procurement, sourcing goods and services and negotiating prices and contracts.

chief product officer CPO Responsible for all product-related matters. The Chief Product Officer (CPO) is to the businessโ€™s product what the Chief Technology Officer is to technology. The responsibilities of the CPO are inclusive of product vision, product strategy, user experience, product design, product development, and product marketing.

chief quality officer CQO Responsible for quality and quality assurance, setting up quality goals and ensuring that those goals continue to be met over time.

chief research and development officer CRDO Responsible for research and development.

chief research officer CRO Responsible for research.

chief revenue officer CRO Responsible for measuring and maximizing revenue.

chief risk officer CRO Responsible for risk management, ensuring that risk is avoided, controlled, accepted, or transferred and that opportunities are not missed. Sometimes called chief risk management officer (CRMO).

chief system engineer CSE Responsible for the whole system specification. validation and varification in development processess. Usually using as the manager of other sub-system engineers.

chief sales officer CSO Responsible for sales.

chief science officer CSO Responsible for science, usually applied science, including research and development and new technologies. Sometimes called chief scientist.

chief security officer CSO Responsible for security, including physical security, network security, and many other kinds.

chief strategy officer CSO Responsible for strategy, usually business strategy, including strategic planning and strategic management. Assists the chief executive officer with developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining strategy. Sometimes called chief strategic planning officer (CSPO).

chief sustainability officer CSO Responsible for environmental/sustainability programs.

chief technology officer CTO Responsible for technology and research and development, overseeing the development of technology to be commercialized. (For an information technology company, the subject matter would be similar to the CIO’s; however, the CTO’s focus is technology for the firm to sell versus technology used for facilitating the firm’s own operations.). Sometimes called chief technical officer.
chief value officer CVO Ensure that all programs, actions, new products, services and investments create and capture customer value.

chief visionary officer CVO Responsible for defining corporate vision, business strategy, and working plans.

chief web officer CWO Responsible for the web presence of the company and usually for the entire online presence, including intranet and internet (web, mobile apps, other).

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