Common C-level executive job titles

While each company might have a unique grade system and job classification, certain job titles are used universally. Here’s a list of corporate titles you’ll likely find in a company along with a brief description of those C-suite roles and responsibilities:

CEO – Chief Executive Officer
This is the highest-ranking role in a company. CEOs oversee all business operations and decisions and are responsible for the success of the organization. All other C-suite executives report to the CEO. In some cases, the founder or co-founder of the company serves as the CEO.

COO – Chief Operating Officer
COOs are responsible for the proper execution of all business plans and strategies. In other words, they ensure that the company runs like clockwork. The COO is usually the second-in-command to the CEO.

CFO – Chief Financial Officer
A CFO manages all financial aspects of the company. They’re responsible for long-term budgeting and risk analyses, but also oversee the company’s financial reporting and overall financial status.

See CEO vs. CFO

CTO – Chief Technology Officer
CTOs are in charge of the tech stack that helps a company grow: they research and implement new systems, oversee security and set up infrastructure. Often, the term Chief Information Officer (CIO) is used for the same role. When a company has both job titles, the CTO is responsible for building new products and features while the CIO’s focus is internal, ensuring that IT systems operate effectively.

CMO – Chief Marketing Officer
This is the person who’s responsible for building and implementing marketing strategies. Depending on the company’s industry and goals, those strategies could be around digital marketing, advertising, product positioning, events and email campaigns.

CHRO – Chief Human Resources Officer
CHROs oversee anything that has to do with the people of an organization. They establish how the company hires, promotes, trains and evaluates employees. They also manage long-term HR strategies, such as succession planning and talent acquisition.