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Become A Chief Executive Officer

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Working As A Chief Executive Officer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $172,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Chief Executive Officer Do

A Chief Executive Officer is responsible for managing the overall operations of a company, including product development, marketing, communications, and logistics. They manage the financial and physical resources of organizations.

How To Become A Chief Executive Officer

Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. 


Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.

Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.

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Real Chief Executive Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
CEO of Sedf & Director of Economic Advancement Program Open Society Foundations New York, NY Aug 31, 2015 $820,000
CEO of Sedf & Director of Economic Advancement Program Open Society Foundations New York, NY Jan 03, 2016 $820,000
KFC Global CEO Yum! Restaurants International, Inc. Plano, TX Jan 12, 2016 $800,000
Chief Executive Officer Fila U.S.A., Inc. MD Sep 30, 2015 $720,620
Chief Executive Officer Fila U.S.A., Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2015 $720,620
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) LNG Management Services LLC Houston, TX Jun 22, 2015 $691,508 -
Chief Executive Officer Stillwater Mining Company Billings, MT Sep 05, 2015 $660,000
Chief Executive Officer Act, Inc. Iowa City, IA Sep 09, 2015 $620,000
Chief Executive Officer Act, Inc. Iowa City, IA Sep 19, 2015 $620,000
Chief Executive Officer Exclusive Resorts, LLC Denver, CO Sep 05, 2015 $600,000
CEO Excel Trust, Inc. San Diego, CA Apr 18, 2016 $600,000
Chief Executive Officer Parnell Corporate Services Us Inc. Overland Park, KS Dec 01, 2016 $586,457
Chief Executive Officer Aviagen, Inc. Huntsville, AL Sep 29, 2016 $550,000
Regional CEO-Americas Proco Global, Inc. New York, NY Jan 07, 2016 $236,399
Chief Executive Officer Rocky Mountain Institute Boulder, CO Feb 09, 2015 $230,000 -
Chief Executive Officer Sforzando, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 11, 2015 $230,000
Chief Executive Officer Nurobot, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 10, 2016 $229,570 -
Chief Executive Officer Hydrx Solutions LLC Houston, TX Feb 15, 2016 $228,946 -
Chief Executive Officer Applied Biomimetic Inc. Cincinnati, OH Jan 15, 2015 $226,824
CEO Produced Water Absorbents, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 09, 2015 $226,283
Chief Executive American Patriot Oil and Gas, Inc. Denver, CO Jun 15, 2016 $225,000
Chief Executive Officer Linekong Us, Inc. Los Altos, CA Jul 09, 2015 $159,182
General Manager/Ceo Fensu Inc. Waltham, MA Feb 13, 2015 $158,454
CEO Abs Trading, Inc. D/B/A Angies Beauty Atlanta, GA Sep 11, 2015 $157,019
Chief Executive Officer Iris Interactive Corporation Newtown, PA Aug 16, 2015 $157,000
CEO Yunlan (Us) Investment Management Inc. NY Jun 15, 2015 $156,525
CEO Yunlan Investment Management Inc. NY Jul 01, 2015 $156,525
Chief Executive Officer SCUF Gaming International LLC Norcross, GA Aug 31, 2015 $156,000
Chief Executive Officer SCUF Gaming International LLC Suwanee, GA Sep 21, 2015 $156,000

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Top Skills for A Chief Executive Officer


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Top Chief Executive Officer Skills

  1. Financial Management
  2. Web
  3. Strategic Partnerships
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Experienced in client acquisition/management, recruiting, personnel management and financial management.
  • Founded and set the business goal and standards for Website Me LLC.
  • Lead company efforts to develop and secure strategic partnerships to enhance business operations.
  • Designed, and managed the internal audit process to ensure compliance with applicable laws and standards.
  • Developed and maintained exceptional customer service standards.

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