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Difference Between CEO and Owner

CEO vs Owner

Everyone knows that a CEO is a title given to someone really ‘big.’ Although not physically big, CEOs are literally big in terms of rank and position. However, the public doesn’t know that much about the implications of becoming a CEO or what a CEO really is. They just liken the title to a simple owner of a company or firm when in fact, that’s not always the case.

The word owner is a very generic word that can be used not only in business but in every day living. A person, a group or any entity can become an owner of something. He or she is someone who has the exclusive rights to use, hold, enjoy, transfer, benefit-from, convey and even let go of some of his or her properties (in business terms ‘“ assets). Often, owners have an implied prime principle responsibility over a certain program or process.

A CEO, completely known as the Chief Executive Officer, is a more trivial term. He is the executive that holds the highest rank in the corporate world. He can be equated to an administrator who has a complete on a company or organization with regard to its management. He is the boss himself who reports to only one body ‘“ the BOD or Board of Directors.

To avoid confusion between the CEO and an owner, the CEO can be the owner of the company but not all the time. One can be a CEO and owner. Another can become the CEO President, a CEO and chairman all in one, or simply a CEO per se. All of these depend on the policies of the company, the country where the company operates and the type of company because the term CEO can vary across the globe due to its different international uses. Although it is less likely, there are some big multinational corporations in Asia that practices the habit of having not only two but three CEOs.

In several instances, many organizations appoint a suitable and exemplary employee to hold the post of CEO even if he or she isn’t the real owner most especially in a Limited Liability Company. This individual was most likely appointed because of his managing skills and people handling skills as well. To sustain a strong company, the CEO is tasked on strengthening both the internal and external visions of the company

1. Owner is the generic term for sole proprietorship while CEO is a title or position given to someone who has complete management responsibility of the company he is working in.

2. It is possible that the CEO is or isn’t the owner and the owner is or isn’t the CEO.


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