31 responses

  1. Ratin
    September 23, 2010


    Thanks for nice differentiate. Please send the explain to my email of Officer and Executive.


    From Dhaka, Bangladesh


  2. xbal
    December 12, 2010

    it’s good dirrerentiate, if u have info about difference all kind of director please send info to my email

    thank you


  3. ohgie
    February 12, 2011

    who reports to who? ceo report to md or visa versa? i need to know their hierachy in the company if its havin the two of them? thank you.


    • Graeme Bickerton
      December 8, 2016

      MD reports to CEO


  4. ashraf
    March 9, 2011


    am planing to make a business cards, am a owner of the small trading company and managing all branches purchasing and etc.so i can mention my own visiting card “MD (CEO) ”

    please am waiting ur prompt replay



  5. Edy
    August 15, 2011


    could you please specify the difference between the Managing Director and General Manager position? I would appreciate if you could send your answer by mail for me.




  6. shamraiz
    January 14, 2012

    I don t think the author has clarified this properly, the author mentions the MD is responsible to the board of directors but the C.E.O. isn’t, i don’t somehow think this is right.

    There is no difference between an M.D. or a C.E.O. both have to be part of the day to day operations of the business and both are responsible to the board of directors.

    C.E.O. is used by America more and M.D. in Britain.


    • Hillary
      January 25, 2016

      And I think you are very right. The thing is, Americans use CEO more while the Brits use MD more. You cannot have a CEO and an MD in the same company. They are the same level. In fact, the author created a confusion where none exists.


      • Matt
        March 30, 2016

        A CEO is not necessarily a board member. A managing director is.


  7. UniSmooth
    December 19, 2012

    I thought as much. thank you for this verifications


  8. juned khan
    November 10, 2014

    information is very helpful.

    a lot of thanks………………


  9. viooz
    April 20, 2015

    I didn’t recognize that who’s the main in a company CEO or MD. Who’s big from each other?


    • Curly
      October 10, 2016

      The Managing Director is the head of the company and takes responsibility of the company. Hence, the Managing Director is the more important one here and the superior one too.


  10. shally
    April 26, 2015

    can the MD be the CEO as well , will there be a problem there?


  11. harsh yadav
    December 27, 2015

    Thanks for the information your this info is really help me to improve my GK and knowledge about an organization

    Thanks a Lot


  12. Pren
    February 28, 2016

    Sorry – I think you’re mistaken.

    Well according to Bob Tricker in his book ‘Corporate Governance – Principles, Policies and Practices – 3 rd Edition.

    He states …. ‘The chief executive officer (CEO), sometimes known as the managing director in commonwealth law jurisdictions…’ pg 92.

    Base on this, they are the same position. My guess is that the article has confused CEO with the Chairman. In comparing these two roles it was recommended by the Cadbury Report that the two be separated. The CEO would have a more hands on approach to the day to day management. While the Chairman didn’t.


  13. pa patel
    October 18, 2016

    Making CEO about information. What is reason to company have CEO officiali am I write or nor. Please give information sent to my email id.
    Than you.


  14. pa patel
    October 18, 2016

    Who is biggest between CEO or MD.
    Making CEO full information about it please give me information.


  15. Fred
    July 12, 2017

    What is the difference from a P&L standpoint?


  16. Cal
    September 2, 2017

    Ok who sacks the CEO
    Who sacks the MD I have both in my company and want to report them who do I go to


    • Tim Tim
      February 5, 2018

      The business owners can sack the M.D. or CEO.

      The owners may just be 1 person or 1000’s of shareholders who are usually represented by a board of directors.

      If your company has a chairman, report them to them. It’s highly unusual for a company to have both an MD and CEO


  17. Athena
    February 11, 2018

    Please could you change the ‘he’ to ‘they’. We’re not living in the 1940s. Thanks.


    • Alphonse
      March 5, 2019

      Hey Athena. Definitely we should use they. Am your fun too!

      Dr Alphonse


  18. Shaji Mathew
    August 28, 2018

    Very well explained. Hats off.
    To understand this article completely the key rule according to me is to first unlearn what we already knew and then relearn.
    The author has clearly defined KRA for both.


  19. Swapnil Kale
    October 12, 2018

    You have differentiated exactly opposite. Your diffentiation is mismatched in many roles.


  20. William Tunstall-Pedoe
    February 11, 2019

    “A Chief Executive Officer has no responsibility for the day-to-day affairs of a firm”. No. Pretty much everyone would recognise the CEO of a business as the executive who is ultimately responsible for all the day-to-day affairs of the firm. Quite the opposite. Is the author confusing CEO with a board-focused role perhaps? Chairman or President or something like that?


  21. Damien Lynch
    February 20, 2019

    He is resposible? Surely a CEO or MD can be either male or female. Get with the times


  22. Olie
    April 4, 2019

    Thanks for the article – it’s great – apart from the gendered language. Women are leaders too, please let us own that power. Men do not have to be the default and should not be.

    Please be part of the positive change!


  23. Ezeokafor Wilfred Zuby
    May 11, 2019

    Thanks for your explanation between MD and CEO.please keep on updating me on this information.thanks so much


  24. Arthlin
    June 21, 2019

    The author got the whole explanation wrong and should be regarded, he is confusing a Chairman of a board or an owner of a business who doesn’t want to take up the responsibility of running the company as CEO. Having a CEO and MD in the same organisation or change of command doesn’t make sense, Is the SAME position and workers will be confuse who is in charge, one should be made deputy of the other. The CEO is normally use instead of MD when an owner or shareholder of a business is made a director of the company.


  25. Olefile Mogomotsi
    December 13, 2019

    This article is such a lie, sorry. It only serves to create unnecessary confusion sadly.


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