Talk:Chief executive officer

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There's a lot of discussion about the quality of the article, but I think the best improvement would be to rewrite it in English, not corporate-speak. I came here to get an idea about what the duties of a CEO are, and I learned they are, in part, to "coordinate external initiatives at a high level." What? That's business-school jargon reminiscent of emails from the corporate office that say a lot, but don't communicate much. I could try to decipher it, I suppose, but I'd rather just have a clear explanation in plain English. Paul M. Parks (talk) 01:51, 28 January 2010 (UTC)

difference between CEO and president[edit]

Here and here are quotable sources and here and here are helpful sources. --Espoo (talk) 18:05, 6 November 2010 (UTC)

Isn't the term CEO more recent than president? Ottawahitech (talk) 02:18, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

Bring it on life ...CEO Tinoto kits (talk) 21:06, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

Improvement project[edit]

I'm working on the improvement of this and related articles, specifically Board of directors and Chairman. Their topics are all interrelated, and involve the top-level governance of organizations. IMHO the articles are or have been pretty weak. One problem is that good sources (as opposed to numerous sources) are hard to find. Another is that relatively few editors have first-hand knowledge of these matters. I have a LOT of first-hand experience with them, mostly in small and mid-sized nonprofits. I'm being bold in my efforts, so I'm sorry if I've unintentionally stepped on anyone's toes. All suggestions, references, etc. are welcome. --Lou Sander (talk) 15:01, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

Chief Executive Committee[edit]

I deleted this and a similar term, since they are not referenced, are unfamiliar to me (a person with reasonable expertise in the field), and do not appear in the references cited in the article. Their meaning seems to be something more akin to the head of a committee rather than to a single chief executive. Please discuss this further on this page before restoring these terms to the article. Lou Sander (talk) 02:02, 14 November 2011 (UTC)

UK Usage[edit]

This article is written from a US perspective. I have no issue with that, but the way it deals with the very different UK usaages for related titles is confusing. I have added a change and paragraph to show how UK charitable usage is different, but I think there needs to be some general restructuring to improve clarity. ids tehre an HR professional who could set out UK usage with greater clarity? The Yowser (talk) 09:11, 8 August 2012 (UTC)

For "Duties" I Suggest a strong Drucker and HBR slant[edit]

I'm drafting a revision to the 'Responsibilities' ("Duties") section and want to lay out my ideas here.

I believe CEOs are specifically responsible for four areas: Strategy, Culture, Budget, and the Senior Team.

Specifics (e.g., board relationships; hiring; compliance) can fit under these headings.

  • For Strategy:

Peter Drucker's last unfinished work was on defining the role of the CEO. He wrote[1] that only the CEO can "answer the key questions: 'What is our business? What should it be? What should it not be?'"

References I suggest include Drucker's 2004 Wall Street Journal article "The American CEO" ( and the 2009 HBR article "What Only the CEO Can Do" ( by A.G. Lafley, CEO of Procter & Gamble since 2000.

  • For Culture, I would quote Kotter and Schein.
  • For Budget, I have no ideas for specific sources yet.
  • For Senior Team, I would return to Kotter and Schein.

Thoughts? Tom Cox (talk) 09:28, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

CEO gender statistics[edit]

I think it would be fantastic to add additional information on the gender statistics of CEO positions. Whether they are added by country or continent. It would also be helpful to see the wage gap among CEO's that are men and women and to read the ratio of men to women statistics for CEO positions. A section on how things used to be in the 1950's when women started entering the work force to now could also be useful.

Nrudisill (talk) 02:47, 18 October 2013 (UTC)

CEOs and non-profits in the US[edit]

Over the last ten years, many Executive Directors have lobbied their boards (usually a board of trustees) to have their titles changed to CEO, probably because they view it as more prestigious than the older Executive Director title. I'm not sure where to find secondary sources to back up this observation, so I will refrain from editing the article. (talk) 15:36, 20 May 2014 (UTC)

NPOV Dispute - Characteristics[edit]

It's pretty self-evident. The section currently starts by making a absolute judgement call about executive pay in the US. Can't find anything neutral about the first paragraph. (talk) 20:13, 21 April 2016 (UTC)

Appears to have just been added today. The numbers appear to be imaginary, and the rest is just commentary. I've removed it. Kuru (talk) 01:52, 22 April 2016 (UTC)

Need historical background[edit]

When did the title CEO first start being used? WHat is the history behind this term? (talk) 19:23, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

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