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    Quote Originally Posted by JaK
    I asked Chesskids CEO David Cordover, as I will in fact ask other leading Chess Coaching Professionals as well, to comment on the above. Here is David's response:
    I did not realise ChessKids was a large enough business to warrant a CEO.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    I did not realise ChessKids was a large enough business to warrant a CEO.
    I don't know the company structure but I would expect that David is also a director and therefore MD might be more accurate than CEO since I believe CEOs usually report to the board but do not sit on it.
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    When my company(ies) down-sized its distribution footprint from national to state, and downsized (right-sized?) other aspects of the operation commensurate with that change (including publishing just two titles and no longer operating the retail catering business), I changed my title from CEO to publisher out of self-respect Of course I remained merely a company director at all times.

    Conversely, should I ever publish the world's highest circulating music and entertainment title, say in the next few months, I might consider a status elevation again - and even then I doubt the title CEO would be re-acquired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Underpants
    Of course I remained merely a company director at all times.
    That's interesting, I thought that perhaps my perception was coloured by working in larger companies. In smaller companies one would expect the boss is usually a director and so perhaps the distinction is not so important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    That's interesting, I thought that perhaps my perception was coloured by working in larger companies. In smaller companies one would expect the boss is usually a director and so perhaps the distinction is not so important.
    I don't think you're off track. Your perception is correct. Of course I have employed a number of mangers over the years (responsible of small teams of say 1-10 people), and their subordinates would regard those managers as 'the boss'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Underpants
    should I ever publish the world's highest circulating music and entertainment title...
    that must be keeping you busy
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Underpants
    world's highest circulating music and entertainment title.
    BTW, CU just out of interest what is the world's highest circulating music and entertainment title. Is it Rolling Stone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJoker
    BTW, CU just out of interest what is the world's highest circulating music and entertainment title. Is it Rolling Stone?
    Unkown. We're trying to find out! AFAWC Rolling Stone may not qualify as it has different editions (runs) for each market eg Aust/ NZ circulation is 23,000 -ish.
    Globally, and adding their titles together, AFAICR they're about the 300,000 mark - but I'd have to check.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Underpants
    Unkown. We're trying to find out! AFAWC Rolling Stone may not qualify as it has different editions (runs) for each market eg Aust/ NZ circulation is 23,000 -ish.
    Globally, and adding their titles together, AFAICR they're about the 300,000 mark - but I'd have to check.
    Interesting stuff, keep us posted. Cheers

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    I used the term CEO because in terms of Chess analogies Chesskids has achieved countrywide representation with many coaches and hundreds of kids involved. However, since the term created some discussion out of the thread's (An Interview) and topic's (IM Greg Hjorth's Interview) theme thanks for the relocation of these postings in a slpit thread!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaK
    I used the term CEO because in terms of Chess analogies Chesskids has achieved countrywide representation with many coaches and hundreds of kids involved. However, since the term created some discussion out of the thread's (An Interview) and topic's (IM Greg Hjorth's Interview) theme thanks for the relocation of these postings in a slpit thread!
    I'd like to be clear that dropping the title from my own organisation was appropriate IMO, however I make no judgement as to David's use of same. He's more than entitled AFAIK - This may be of use as casual reading.

    FWIW, when I dropped my title, it was because I felt that my role was (temporarily) limited to an internal management function of a small company. That has not (and will not) always be(en) the way.

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    For most of my business life I have been Managing Director, which is well understood within the Australian and British business context.

    When we took on investment in the form of Venture Capital and positioned the company for further US-based investment, I changed to Chief Executive Officer ... in the USA, a "director" seems to be understood quite differently and leaders of companies are either a CEO (vast majority) or a President.
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    My approach is usually along the lines:
    "You can have any title as long as it does not cost more money"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Igor_Goldenberg
    My approach is usually along the lines:
    "You can have any title as long as it does not cost more money"
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    To me, a CEO means you have other c-level staff reporting to you; CIO, CFO, COO etc. And this doesn't mean you have 1 accounts person working 2 days a week and call her the CFO. Each c-level exec oversees a number of managers in that department. At least, this is my understanding from the many and varied clients I interact with on a daily basis.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

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