Corporate Executive Job Titles

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C-level jobs refer to high-ranking executive titles with the "C" standing for Chief. Executives in C-level positions are the most powerful and influential people in an organization. They make more important decisions, have a more demanding workload, and thus have high salaries. 

C-level positions are available across all industries, and the skills and experience required from these executives can vary by industry. However, nearly all C-level jobs require leadership skills, along with the ability to develop and implement a strategic vision to support the organization's goals. Here are job search tips for C-level executives. 

Top C-Level Positions

With the advent of the internet and the burgeoning start-up world, new C-level positions have proliferated. Companies now hire for roles such as Chief Experience Officer, responsible for the user's experience with the site, app, or product, and for Chief Privacy Officers, in charge of protecting user and corporate data. 

Although there may be more job titles in the C-level now, the three most common positions across all industries remain the same: 

Chief Executive Officer (CEO): The CEO is responsible for the overall path of the company. A CEO will be praised when the company is successful, and also held responsible if there are failures or setbacks. 

Chief Financial Officer (CFO): The CFO oversees the company's financials. Along with budgeting, accounting, and reporting, this can also involve forecasting and investing. 

Chief Operations Officers (COO): The COO is in charge of day-to-day operations at the company, and often oversees the Human Resources Department. 

Here's a list of sample corporate level job titles.

C-Level Job Titles

  • CAO (Chief Accounting Officer): Not all companies have them, but CAOs oversee all day-to-day accounting activities. Corporate accounting can be complex and CAOs make sure that accounts, financial statements, and systems for controlling costs operate smoothly. The CAO usually reports to the CEO and the board of directors.
  • CAA (Chief Applications Architect)
  • CAO (Chief Administrative Officer)
  • CCO (Chief Contracting Officer)
  • CDO (Chief Data Officer)
  • CDO (Chief Development Officer)
  • CEO (Chief Executive Officer): The CEO is the highest level member of the C-suite, responsible for hiring (and firing) all other executives. A company flourishes or flounders based on the merits of its CEO, who is also typically the face of the company. 
  • CCO (Chief Compliance Officer)
  • CFO (Chief Financial Officer): A CFO is the most senior executive in the finance department and runs the company's financial functions. This may include credit, budgeting, insurance, and taxes. The CFO also oversees the treasurer and financial controller who handle daily operations.
  • CISO (Chief Information Security Officer): A chief information security officer is a senior executive who manages and maintains a company's vision, strategy, and program to protect their information and technologies. Duties include establishing policies related to security; overseeing compliance with regulations; and enduring data and information privacy.
  • CIO (Chief Information Officer): A Chief Information Officer is an executive role in charge of information technology and the computer systems needed to support a company in achieving its goals. In large businesses, a CIO will delegate management of the of day-to-day IT operations to a deputy and utilize a team to manage specific IT areas.
  • CIO (Chief Investments Officer)
  • CITO (Chief Information Technology Officer)
  • CMO (Chief Marketing Officer): A Chief Marketing Officer manages the development and execution of a company's advertising and marketing, tasked with increasing sales by utilizing research on pricing, competitive analysis, market research, marketing communications, advertising, and PR.
  • CPO (Chief Product Officer): A Chief Product Officer (or Chief Production Officer) is an elegant name for the head of product management. This executive oversees a company's product-related activities and reports to the CEO.
  • CRO (Chief Risk Officer)
  • CSO (Chief Security Officer)
  • CTO (Chief Technical Officer): A Chief Technology Officer oversees a company's technology and works to ensure that technology-related decisions align with business goals. 
  • CUO (Chief Underwriting Officer)
  • COO (Chief Operating Officer): A Chief Operating Officer oversees a company's ongoing business operations. He reports to the CEO and is considered second in command.
  • COO (Chief Operations Officer): The COO oversees the company's day-to-day operations. Depending on the company's needs, this role can vary greatly. 
  • CPO (Chief Procurement Officer): A chief procurement officer oversees the management of the company's acquisition programs in terms of contracting services and purchasing supplies, equipment, services, and materials.