What Is The Role of a President of a Corporation?

what does the president of a company do

There are three tiers of power in a corporation:

The appointing of officers is done by the Board of Directors of the company. The most notable officer titles are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. However, if required, the board can appoint other officers, such as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), managers or any other title the board wishes to create.

But, what does the president of a company do? Let’s first discuss some of the requirements to take on this role. The person who is President of a company is in the highest position within an organization and, in some cases, takes on the title of Chief Executive Officer as well. The President/CEO is often (but not always) the founder and owner of the business.  

Here are some of the key roles and responsibilities of a Company President:

  • creates, communicates and implements the organization’s vision, mission and overall direction.
  • hires, fires and manages all employees of the company.
  • leads, guides, directs and evaluates all other officers, managers and employees, and ensures they are carrying out the daily operations of the company.
  • meets regularly with other officers or managers of the company to make sure that the decisions the organization needs to make are prescient and strategic.
  • confirms that all officers and managers are conveying the company’s philosophies and guidelines to their own teams so that all employees understand the expectations of the company.
  • oversees all the financials aspects of the company and maintains awareness of both external and internal opportunities for expansion, customers, markets, new industry developments and standards.

Keep in mind that the role of president in a company is not standardized. While these are general terms of a corporate President’s duties, they may differ in individual organizations. If you're planning to form a corporation of your own, you can get started on our website. Our team will be happy to answer any questions that you have along the way.

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There are 11 comments left for What Is The Role of a President of a Corporation?

Ben said: Monday, April 9, 2018

Can the duty of the President conflict with the Chairman?

HBS Staff replied: Monday, April 9, 2018

No, typically the President handles all the day to day matters and works alongside the Chairman to efficiently run the business.

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