What does a CEO do?

Chief executive officers are senior leaders of an organization and are commonly a company’s highest-ranking executive. They are accountable for giving final approval to major decisions and must take ownership of core organizational policies, philosophies, and values. They establish and guide the comprehensive vision and strategies. They establish and oversee budgets, lead upper-level management teams, and determine a response plan during periods of crisis or emergency. They frequently serve as the public “face” of the company and also serve as the liaison between the board of directors and the rest of the executive suite and general staff.

Chief executive officers commonly have an advanced degree such as an MBA, and an extensive background in senior-level management roles with significant responsibility. This position requires excellent leadership skills and the ability to manage multiple urgent and high priority matters simultaneously.

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Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

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Average Base Pay

$125,721 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $126K
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Cascade Health ServicesCascade Health Services
President &CEO
Aug. 26, 2021

“Our medical insurance is top notch but it is not inexpensive (we're working on that diligently)”

Fletchers SolicitorsFletchers Solicitors
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Sep. 27, 2021

“Our mantra is wise/kind/strong and as a leadership team we do our level best to live by this”

Feb. 20, 2021

“Good payment for your work and recognises you if you and your work is worth of.”

Apr. 13, 2021

“I worked with Microsoft for 7 years and it was indeed a great pleasure working for them.”

IluMas Technologies
Oct. 17, 2020

“Good payment for your work and recognises you if you and your work is worth of.”

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Jul. 21, 2020

“It is a startup so you really need to stick with the team to have a great career options”

Balanced Communications Group
Chief Executive Officer
Oct. 11, 2021

“You get to come as you are because we believe a balanced approach is the best communications approach.”

Complete NetworkComplete Network
Chief Executive Officer
Feb. 20, 2020

“This is truly a great team of passionate individuals who strive every day to deliver excellent service to our clients.”

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