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Definition: CEO

Quick Summary of CEO

An acronym for the Chief Executive Officer, the person who is responsible and accountable for the functioning of a company as a whole. A CEO is also often referred to as the “president” or “director” of a company. A CEO usually reports directly to the company’s board of directors.

What is the dictionary definition of CEO?

Dictionary Definition

the corporate executive responsible for the operations of the firm; reports to a board of directors; may appoint other managers (including a president)

Full Definition of CEO

CEO or chief executive officer is a bureaucratic position that carries the ultimate management responsibility for an organization. Commonly, CEO is a rank that is associated with the head of the company. One of the primary duties of the CEO is to report to the board of directors, which is answerable to the owners of the company. In addition, CEO carries out the job of designating other managerial officers including that of a president. Depending on the extent of his or her functions, a CEO can also have the title of President/CEO or President and CEO. A CEO is not only a key management figure, but also the face of any business establishment. Therefore CEO’s career record and professional background often represent an important qualitative parameter of the overall value of the company.

Examples of CEO in a sentence

The CEO was replaced during the takeover, even though he had been with the company for twenty years and was responsible for much of its growth
When the company’s business valuation showed a loss in value, the board of directors asked the CEO to explain why the company was no longer profitable.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
CEO. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. June 14, 2021
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
CEO. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: June 14, 2021).
American Psychological Association (APA):
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Definition Sources

Definitions for CEO are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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