from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • abbr. chief executive officer

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  • n. Initialism of chief executive officer.

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  • n. the corporate executive responsible for the operations of the firm; reports to a board of directors; may appoint other managers (including a president)


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