Chief Financial Officer

A corporate officer, responsible for leading all aspects of Accounting and managing the financial risks of the company. This officer is also responsible for financial planning and record-keeping, as well as financial reporting to to higher management. Roles often known as:

  • CFO or Chief Financial Officer
  • Financial Director
  • Head of Finance
  • Group Financial Controller
  • VP of Finance & Accounting
  • Financial Controller
  • Partners


Chief Executive Officer

The most senior corporate officer, executive and leader in charge of managing an organisation and ultimately responsible for all day-to-day management decisions, and for implementing the company’s short and long term plans.

Typically reporting to the board of directors or owners of the business, the CEO is charged with maximising value. Roles often known as:

  • CEO or Chief Executive Officer
  • Managing Director
  • General Manager
  • President / Senior VP
  • Chairman / Directorships


Chief Operations Officer

The COO is a position that can be one of the highest-ranking executive positions in an organisation, comprising part of the leadership team. The COO is responsible for the daily operation of the business and routinely reports to the highest ranking executive, usually the CEO. 

The COO is often considered the second in command within the firm, and will deputise for the CEO when required. Roles often known as:

  • COO or Chief Operating Officer
  • Head of Operations / Commercial
  • Operations Director
  • Commercial Director


Chief Marketing Officer

The Chief Marketing Officer is a corporate executive responsible for marketing activities in an organization. Most often the position reports to the Chief Executive Officer. The CMO is also considered the ‘Chief Influence Officer’ of the company bringing the company to gether as one voice.

The CMO will lead the Brands, Marketing Communications and Research, Sales Management, Product, Pricing, and Customer Service. Roles also often known as:

  • CMO or Chief Marketing Officer
  • Head of Marketing (and Sales)
  • Marketing Director
  • Communications / Public Relations Director


The CMO is also the Chief Influence Officer of the firm. He or she must bring the company together as one voice.

Chief Technology Officer

chief technology officer (CTO) is an executive-level position in a company whose occupation is focused on scientific and technological issues within the organisation

Chief Information Officer

A CIO is likely to solve organizational problems through acquiring and adapting existing technologies especially those of an IT nature.

Roles also often known as:


  • Head of IT Systems
  • IT Director
  • VP of Systems & Infrastructure

CxO  – Chief ‘x’ Officer

A ‘CxO’ (Chief ‘x’ Officer), is often also referred to a being part of the ‘C-Suite’ or Chief Suite within an organisation. CxO is a generic term for any Corporate Officer within a business.

The ‘x’ of CxO is considered a placeholder, which should be replaced by a reference to the officer’s specific experience and capability, and ultimately defining thier psotion amongst the leadership team of the company. 

The number of other CxO titles is extensive, a comprenhensive list of these can be found here.

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