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Board Officers

Board officers are responsible for overseeing the performance of an organization. Also known as directors or trustees, board officers can be responsible for running many different types of organization including:

  • Companies
  • Non-for-profit organisations
  • Charities
  • Churches
  • Associations
  • Cooperatives
  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Government authorities

The top executive manager on the board is usually called either the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Managing Director. Other board officers are assigned different duties relating to specific fields. For example, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) or Treasurer is responsible for managing financial matters within the organization.

The number of officers sitting on a board will vary according to the size and specific needs of individual organisations. Board officers will be either appointed or elected - or a mixture of both - depending on the nature of the organization.

See also: Council Officers, Board Members, Board Chairman

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