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Working As A President/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

  • $182,229

    Average Salary

What Does A President/Chief Executive Officer Do

A President/Chief Executive Officer provides strategic leadership for a company through working with the Board of Directors and other levels of management. They help to establish long-range strategies, plans, goals, and policies.

How To Become A President/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. 

Education

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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15 President/Chief Executive Officer jobs

L3 Technologies
Ashburn, VA
Aerospace Chief Scientist

$98,132 Estimated

Amazon
Ashburn, VA
Amazon Chief Engineer

$144,770 Estimated

L-3 National Security Solutions
Ashburn, VA
Aerospace Chief Scientist

$98,132 Estimated

Securitas Security Svc USA
Ashburn, VA
SUSA Flex Officer

$81,847 Estimated

Alutiiq
Ashburn, VA
Enhanced Security Officer

$24,960 Estimated

Curtiss Wright
Ashburn, VA
Assistant Security Officer

$24,960 Estimated

Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Ashburn, VA
Assistant Security Officer

$24,960 Estimated

Allied Universal
Ashburn, VA
FLEX Security Officer

$24,960 Estimated

Alutiiq
Ashburn, VA
Enhanced Security Officer

$24,960 Estimated

TTEC
Ashburn, VA
Professional Security Officer

$24,960 Estimated

Allied Universal
Ashburn, VA
Professional Security Officer

$24,960 Estimated

Allied Universal Security
Ashburn, VA
Security Operations Center (SOC) Officer

$134,540 Estimated

Securitas Security Svc USA
Ashburn, VA
SUSA Security Officer - Regular

$24,960 Estimated

Allied Universal
Ashburn, VA
Security Officer - DoD Cleared

$24,960 Estimated

HIAS
Silver Spring, MD
Special Assistant to the President and CEO

$164,488 Estimated

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Real President/Chief Executive Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
President & Chief Executive Officer Cabot Corporation Boston, MA Sep 17, 2013 $990,000
President and Chief Executive Officer Peabody Investments Corp. Saint Louis, MO Jun 01, 2015 $855,000
President and Chief Executive Officer Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers Los Angeles, CA Sep 13, 2016 $800,000 -
$900,000
President and Chief Executive Officer Stillwater Mining Company Littleton, CO Nov 12, 2015 $712,000
President and Chief Executive Officer Stillwater Mining Company Billings, MT Sep 11, 2015 $660,000
President/Ceo Diamonds Direct USA Inc. Charlotte, NC Aug 25, 2016 $525,000
President and CEO IODP Management International, Inc. Washington, DC Dec 19, 2013 $501,694
President and CEO Vingtech, LLC Biddeford, ME Sep 24, 2013 $500,000 -
$700,000
President and Chief Executive International Association of Drilling Contractors Houston, TX Sep 04, 2015 $475,000
President and CEO Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jul 18, 2016 $450,000
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Top Skills for A President/Chief Executive Officer

FinancialManagementStrategicPartnershipsBusinessDevelopmentRegulatoryComplianceBusinessPlanPresident/CeoCustomerServiceTravelArrangementsPPayrollWebExpenseReportsInternationalTravelAdditionalRealEstateStrategicPlanHealthcareProjectManagementHumanResourcesSafety

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Top President/Chief Executive Officer Skills

  1. Financial Management
  2. Strategic Partnerships
  3. Business Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Full responsibility for bottom-line factors including sales and marketing, financial management, business operations and human resource development.
  • Crafted long-term strategic partnerships for sustained business growth
  • Recruited high profile board members to strengthen access and knowledge of capital markets and business development/partnering expertise.
  • Led development a five-year business plan including capital investments, operational improvements and regulatory compliance.
  • Acted with utmost discretion and confidentiality regarding business plans and practices and dissemination of information.

Top President/Chief Executive Officer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a President/Chief Executive Officer

  1. Bank of America
  2. Guidestar USA, Inc.
  3. Zagorski Telecommunication's Enterprises
  4. S2 Systems Inc.
  5. BKW Environmental Inc.
  6. Mine and Mill Development
  7. Lift Truck Supply
  8. TXO Production Corp
  9. The CFO.Com LLC
  10. J&R Music and Computer World
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