What is a C-Level Executive?
A C-level executive is a high-ranking executive of a company who is responsible for company-wide decisions. The 'C' stands for 'boss'. Some of the most famous C-level executives are the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Chief Operating Officer (COO), and the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Of all C-level executives, the CIO has the greatest influence on IT, as the CIO is responsible for all of the company's computer systems.
C-level leaders are essential to any modern business to provide leadership and make decisions that are best for the company. Important C-level positions in US companies include the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and the Chief Information Officer (CIO).
The CIO in American companies is the top IT employee and reports to the CEO, COO and CFO. The CIO is responsible for selecting hardware and software for an entire company, as well as managing an organization's workforce. Hence, a CIO needs both leadership and technical skills. Since all modern companies are dependent on IT, the role of the CIO is extremely important.
Other C-level titles related to IT include Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and Chief Green Officer (CGO).
The CSO is responsible for company-wide security policies, including computer security guidelines. The CTO oversees the development of new technologies developed in the company rather than just integrating existing technologies. The CGO is mandated to reduce a company's carbon footprint, which includes building energy efficient data centers.