Job content of the 50 most popular corporate titles

Over 200,000 different business titles (yes, we could not believe it) are displayed on The Official Board. They reflect the subtlety of the business roles in the corporate world. We have listed below the most frequent ones.

    1. The Board
    2. The Big Bosses
    3. Corporate Functions
    4. Development Functions
    5. Finance Functions
    6. People Functions
    7. Technical Functions
    8. Business Titles

1. The Board:

Chairman of the Board or Chairman of the Supervisory Board
heads the board of directors who represent the shareholders, has no operational role but usually names the Chief Executive Officer. 

Director
 1 - Member of the Board of Directors. Example: Director, Employee representative.
 2 - Key Manager of the company. Usually reports to a Vice President. Example: Financial Director.

 

2. The Big Bosses

Chief Executive Officer or CEO
is the Boss and has the full authority of the company operations and strategy. Sometimes the role is combined with the role of Chairman of the Board (or Chairman of the Supervisory Board). This role is also often called President.  

Chief Operating Officer or COO
This decision-maker is in charge of the daily operations of the company and reports to the Chief Executive Officer. 

 

3. Corporate Functions:

Counsel or General Counsel
The Legal manager of the company who advises the Chief Executive Officer.

Secretary
Whether he is Company Secretary or Secretary of the Board, his role is to assist the President in specific areas.

Vice President Regulation
ensures that the company complies with the intricate regulations of its industries and that the company’s voice and influence is heard and felt in its jurisdictional regulatory bodies. 

 

4. Development Functions

Public Relations or PR
The voice of the company to the outside world.

Vice President Customer Success 
advises current customers on ways to better benefit from product features and to extract value from their growing product usage. Its success is measured on their contribution to revenue growth and on their contract renewals. 

Vice President Data or Chief Data Officer,
collects, organizes and stores data. Its success is measured by the data usage across the companies and with the insights that analytics and algorithms reveal. 

Vice President Digital or Chief Digital Officer
is usually responsible for developing revenue from corporate digital channels, managing the company’s presence in social media and assisting each function in exploring and embracing digital potential. 

Vice President Growth
is at the forefront of promoting groundbreaking products and services, evangelizing prospects and signing new customers. Its success is measured on their signed contracts and the revenue generated during the first years of their efforts. 

Vice President Innovation
drives major initiatives, coaches departmental innovations, shares best practices internally and explores and sometimes manages spartnerships with startups. 

Vice President Revenue 
couples their market environment understanding with analytics and algorithms to match the inventories with the customers’ appetites. Its success is measured by the revenue and profits generated.

Vice President Venture
executives partner with venture capital funds to target the technologies that should be developed and ultimately assess and participate in the decisions to acquire the most promising companies.  

 

5. Finance Functions

Chief Financial Officer or CFO
is in charge of all the financial matters of the company, reports to the Chief Executive Officer and is frequently a member of the Board of Directors. The controller and the Treasurer usually report tot the role. 

Control or Controller
This job includes the financial control, the financial forecast and often the business planning. Often reports to the Chief Financial Officer.

Investor Relations or IR
The company's liaison to the stockholders and major investors. The role often reports to the Chief Financial Officer.

Treasurer
This role encompasses cash management, investor relations and the relations with the banks. He often reports to the Chief Financial Officer. Trustee Director or Member of the Board.

 

6. People Functions

Chief Human Resource Officer or CHRO
is in charge of all the human resource matters of the company, reports to the Chief Executive Officer and frequently a member of the Board of Directors. The VP Talent, The VP Culture and the VP Recruiting often report to him or her. 

Vice President Culture
executives engage the firm’s employees by fostering the company values, integrating new employees, communicating and representing the company’s values and taking action when these values are infringed. 

Vice President Talent
executives engage a firm’s employees through thoughtfully-developed compensation and benefits, performance management and organizational adaptation. Their success is measured primarily on the efficiency of the workforce.

Vice President Transformation
is the project manager responsible for orchestrating the changes within the executive committee. The success of these executives is measured by the company’s engagement and the associated impact.

 

7. Technical Functions

Chief Information Officer or CIO
Senior Manager responsible for all information assets of the company and more specifically of its Information System. This role often reports to the Chief Executive Officer.  

Chief Technology Officer or CTO
Senior Manager responsible for the company's technology strategy. Often reports to the Chief Executive Officer. 

Vice President Information Security or Chief Information Security Officer
are actively paring any data loss or data leakage through technologies, processes and training. New missions for the role include privacy compliance, risk auditing and real-time prevention from hacking or other threatening cyber activity. 

 

 8. Business Titles

They appear in all the functions and help to recognize the more senior executives. They can be seen as mimicking the officers' "grade" in the military environment.

Deputy General Manager or Assistant General Manager
Assistant General Manager (may be more than one.)

Executive Vice President or EVP
The prefix - Executive - means that this Vice President is very autonomous in his decisions and his operational management. Example: Executive Vice President, International.

General Manager or Managing Director
is the senior operational manager in this company. The role is usually appointed by the Chairman of the Board. Could also be a decision-maker who supervises the company, a division of the company or one of its activities.

Partner
One of the key principals of the company; has a key partnership stake with the owners of the company.

President
See Chief Executive Officer.

Senior Vice President or SVP
This title is often used for the managers reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. He usually enjoys significant autonomy. Example: Senior Vice President, Marketing.

Vice President or VP
This title is often used for the experienced managers reporting to the Chief Executive Officer or to one of its direct reports. Example: Vice President, Europe. 

 

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