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Guide to Designations in a Private Company

There are various collaborators in an organisation's administration or a company's management, such as executives, officers, supervisors, and investors, who direct an organisation toward the achievement of its business objectives. Keep reading to learn more about them. 

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Designations in a Private Company: Introduction

Designations are the corporate or business titles given to officials working in an organisation. These titles must correspond to the official’s role and responsibilities. As a result, the organisational structure of a private company has a significant impact on its performance and long-term viability.

The organisational structure, also commonly known as the chain of command, depicts the locations of decision-makers. A large, developed company’s chain of command would be more complex and multifaceted than a small company’s.


Top Designations in a Private Company: A Hierarchical Guide

Managing Director

Section 2(54) of the Companies Act, 2013 provides the definition of Managing Director. The managing director, according to this section, is a person who is appointed either by a resolution passed at the general meeting or by virtue of AOA. Furthermore, the company’s board of directors also have the authority to appoint an MD.

An MD represents the company’s top-level management, and such a person is entrusted with significant powers over the company’s management. Managers and officers are invariably appointed by the managing director and other directors. This person has the authority to delegate tasks and responsibilities to other officers and managers mentioned below.

Chief Executive Officer

A CEO is the most senior executive of a company. This individual is in charge of making managerial decisions. A CEO can be appointed by a company’s board of directors. A CEO is also in charge of developing and implementing the organization’s policies and strategies.

Chief Operating Officer

In a hierarchical structure, the Chief Operating Officer is ranked second. The COO serves as a focal point for the execution of company plans. The COO is a company executive and supervisor who ensures that staff are carrying out the CEO’s plans.

Chief Financial Officer

A Chief Financial Officer, or CFO, is responsible for financial planning, cash flow management, and other financial activities. A person like this is analogous to a company’s treasurer. A CFO’s normal responsibilities also include overviewing financial planning, bookkeeping, accounting, fundraising, budgeting, and other financial/accounting issues.

Chief Technology Officer

A company’s Chief Technology Officer is a senior executive in charge of the company’s technology department. This individual is in charge of managing and supervising technology and development elements.

Chief Legal Officer

 A Chief Legal Officer is a top legal officer who handles legal risks. A CLO’s primary responsibility is to provide regulatory and legal advice to the company’s stakeholders and employees. He also handles all lawsuits against the company.

Chief Marketing Officer

The Chief Marketing Officer works closely with the marketing and sales departments to put marketing strategies and policies into action.

Other managers who execute and lead the functional and administrative activities of an organisation also exist in the hierarchy in addition to the above-mentioned titles in a private firm.

To achieve the perfect balance in your private company’s hierarchy it is recommended that you engage the services of the corporate law veterans at Vakilsearch  who are well-versed in the art of formulating the perfect top and lower management hierarchy to achieve company goals, sustainability and growth.

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