(Vice-)President vs CxO

James Tauber (jtauber@jtauber.com)
Tue, 30 Mar 1999 10:46:43 +0800

The MS reorg has driven me to ask a question here that I've been wondering
the answer to for a while. So please help an Aussie out.

In practice, what is the difference between the President of a company and
the CEO? And what is the difference between the VPs and the various other
CxOs (for example between the VP, Finance and the CFO)?

Enquiring minds want to know.

Here in Australia, the "CEO" is generally called the managing director. If
the corporation has multiple business units, they may be headed by "general
managers". The next level generally takes the form "Manager, X" (eg Manager,
Information Systems or Manager, Finance and Administration). The term CEO
does get used, but generally within government departments and agencies.