CEO in different languages

Ceo in Different Languages

Discover 'CEO' in 134 Languages: Dive into Translations, Hear Pronunciations, and Uncover Cultural Insights.

Updated on March 6, 2024

The title of CEO, or Chief Executive Officer, carries a significant weight in the business world. As the highest-ranking executive in a company, a CEO is responsible for making major corporate decisions and managing the overall operations and resources of the company. The position holds great power and influence, making the title a symbol of leadership and success in many cultures.

Moreover, the role of a CEO has become increasingly important in today's globalized economy. With the rise of multinational corporations and cross-border business transactions, the CEO has taken on a more prominent role in representing the company in international affairs and negotiations.

Understanding the translation of CEO in different languages can be useful for anyone looking to expand their business or career globally. Here are a few examples of how the title is translated in various languages:

  • French: Directeur Général (DG)
  • Spanish: Director General (DG)
  • German: Vorstandsvorsitzender (Vorstiz)
  • Chinese: 首席执行官 (Shǒuxí Zhíxíngguān)
  • Japanese: 社長 (Shachō)


Ceo in Sub-Saharan African Languages

Afrikaanshoof uitvoerende beampte
The term "hoof uitvoerende beampte" is derived from the English phrase "chief executive officer" and literally translates to "head executive officer" in Afrikaans.
Amharicዋና ሥራ አስኪያጅ
In Hausa, the word "Shugaba" also refers to a leader or head of an organization.
Igboonye isi ala
"Onye isi ala" literally translates to "one who has a head on his neck," alluding to the idea of leadership and responsibility.
PDG is often used as an abbreviation for "président directeur général", the French term for "chief executive officer."
Nyanja (Chichewa)ceo
CEO is an abbreviation for the English term "Chief Executive Officer" and has no direct translation in Nyanja (Chichewa).
In Shona, the word "CEO" can also refer to "a leader" or "a director."
Somaliagaasime guud
Agaasime guud is also used colloquially to refer to a person who is in charge of a task or project.
The word "CEO" has no alternate meanings or etymological roots in Sesotho.
Swahilimkurugenzi mtendaji
The Swahili term "Mkurugenzi Mtendaji" is derived from two Bantu roots, "kuruga" (to lead) and "tenda" (to carry out), implying that a CEO is responsible for directing and executing organizational actions.
The word CEO in Xhosa, 'Umongameli Wolawulo', translates literally to 'President of Management'.
"Alakoso" means "the one who is in charge of the whole thing."
Zuluumphathi omkhulu
The Zulu term "Umphathi omkhulu," often translated as "CEO," can also refer to various leadership roles, such as a chief or a patriarch.
Kinyarwandaumuyobozi mukuru
Lingalaprésident-directeur général
Twi (Akan)ceo

Ceo in North African & Middle Eastern Languages

Arabicالمدير التنفيذي
المدير التنفيذي، من الكلمات العربية «مدير» و«تنفيذي»، والتي تعني المدير الذي ينفذ سياسة الشركة.
The full form of מנכ"ל is מנהל כללי, which means "Managing Director" in English.
Pashtoاجرايوي ريس
The Pashto word "اجرايوي ريس" is based on the English "Chief Executive Officer" and literally means "Executive Head".
Arabicالمدير التنفيذي
المدير التنفيذي، من الكلمات العربية «مدير» و«تنفيذي»، والتي تعني المدير الذي ينفذ سياسة الشركة.

Ceo in Western European Languages

The Albanian word "drejtor ekzekutiv" (CEO) is derived from the Latin word "director" and the French word "exécutif". It can also refer to the head of a government department or agency.
Basquezuzendari nagusia
Catalanconseller delegat
In Catalan, "Conseller delegat" literally translates to "delegate counsellor" or "deputy counsellor."
Croatiandirektor tvrtke
The word direktor tvrtke is derived from the Latin word 'director', meaning 'leader' or 'manager'
The Danish word "direktør" is derived from the Latin word "director", meaning "leader".
In Dutch, "directeur" can also refer to a manager or supervisor in a non-corporate setting.
The term 'CEO' originally stood for 'Chief Elected Official', referring to the highest elected officer in a corporation.
"PDG" in French can also stand for "Plan de déplacements généralisés" (Comprehensive travel plan)
In Frisian, "CEO" can also refer to a "Chief Editor" or "Chief Executive Officer"
The Galician word "presidente" is derived from the Latin "praesidens" and also means "chairperson, president, director, ruler, head of state, head of government, chief, chieftain, principal, superior, overseer, dean."
"CEO" is also the name of a card game in Germany.
Forstjóri is a term that originates from the Old Norse word 'forstandari', meaning 'supervisor' or 'overseer'.
The Irish word "POF" also means "a lump or swelling".
Italianamministratore delegato
Amministratore delegato's original meaning was 'delegate administrator', but it now refers exclusively to CEOs.
In Luxembourgish, the word "CEO" is also an abbreviation for "Chef d'État", meaning "head of state".
Norwegianadministrerende direktør
The word "administrerende direktør" comes from the Latin words "administrare" (to manage) and "dirigere" (to direct).
Portuguese (Portugal, Brazil)ceo
The acronym "CEO" in Portuguese is "CEO".
Scots Gaelicceannard
The word "Ceannard" can also mean "head" or "chief".
En español, la palabra "CEO" también puede referirse a "Comité Ejecutivo Operativo" o "Consejo Económico y Oficial".
The word "vd" is also used as an abbreviation for "vidarebefordran" (forwarding).
Welshprif swyddog gweithredol

Ceo in Eastern European Languages

Belarusianгенеральны дырэктар
Генеральны дырэктар (генеральный директор) - head of the enterprise.
The word CEO (Chief Executive Officer) has the same meaning and is pronounced the same in Bosnian.
Bulgarianизпълнителен директор
The Bulgarian word "изпълнителен директор" literally translates to "executive director" in English.
Czechvýkonný ředitel
The Czech word "výkonný ředitel" literally translates to "executive director".
The word "tegevdirektor" comes from the Estonian words "tegev" (activity) and "direktor" (director).
"Toimitusjohtaja" originally referred to the editor-in-chief of a newspaper.
The word "vezérigazgató" derives from the Ottoman Turkish root "vezir", meaning leader or minister.
The word "Izpilddirektors" is derived from the Latvian words "izpildīt" (to execute) and "direktors" (director).
Lithuaniangeneralinis direktorius
"Generalinis direktorius" is the Lithuanian translation of "CEO" and literally means "General Director."
Macedonianизвршен директор
The Macedonian word "извршен директор" is the equivalent of "chief executive officer" or "CEO" in English.
W języku polskim skrót CEO oznacza także Centralny Ekwador
In Romanian, the word "CEO" can refer to both the position of Chief Executive Officer and the commercial enterprise or organization such entity manages.
Russianисполнительный директор
The term "Исполнительный директор" (CEO) was first used in the early 20th century to describe the head of a corporation.
The Serbian word "Директор" is derived from the Latin "dictator", meaning "one who dictates".
Slovakgenerálny riaditeľ
Generálny riaditeľ is a Slovak term for CEO, derived from the Czech word "generální ředitel", itself derived from the German "Generaldirektor."
In Slovenian, the word "direktor" is also a term used in the military, referring to a person in charge of a military unit or department.
Ukrainianгенеральний директор
In Ukrainian, the word "Генеральний директор" translates to "general director" and carries the connotation of a high-ranking executive who oversees the entire organization.

Ceo in South Asian Languages

সিইও শব্দটি 'প্রধান নির্বাহী কর্মকর্তা'-এর সংক্ষেপন এবং এটি 'ম্যানেজিং ডিরেক্টর' বা 'প্রধান পরিচালনা কর্মকর্তা' হিসেবেও ব্যবহৃত হয়।
The word "CEO" (pronounced "see-oh-why") is an acronym for "Chief Executive Officer".
Hindiसी ई ओ
सी ई ओ ('CEO') एक संक्षिप्त शब्द है जो मुख्य कार्यकारी अधिकारी ('Chief Executive Officer') के लिए प्रयोग किया जाता है।
The term
The alternate meaning of 'സിഇഒ' is not known
Marathiमुख्य कार्यकारी अधिकारी
The word "CEO" is an acronym that stands for "Chief Executive Officer."
Sinhala (Sinhalese)විධායක නිලධාරී
Tamilதலைமை நிர்வாக அதிகாரி
The word "CEO" is an acronym for "chief executive officer".
Urduسی ای او
The word "سی ای او" is the Urdu transliteration of the English word "CEO", an acronym that stands for "Chief Executive Officer".

Ceo in East Asian Languages

Chinese (Simplified)ceo
在英语中,'CEO' 一词可以指'首席执行官'(Chief Executive Officer)或'公司首席执行官'(Corporate Executive Officer),但在中文里,'CEO' 仅表示'首席执行官'。
Chinese (Traditional)ceo
總執行長一詞來自英文"Chief Executive Officer",簡稱"CEO"。
最高経営責任者 (CEO) is the Japanese equivalent of the English-language term "chief executive officer."
Korean최고 경영자
최고 경영자(CEO)는 'Chief Executive Officer'의 약자로, 최고 경영 책임자를 뜻합니다.
Mongolianгүйцэтгэх захирал
Myanmar (Burmese)စီအီးအို

Ceo in South East Asian Languages

In Indonesian, the term "CEO" (pronounced "se-o") can also refer to "chief executive officer" or "senior executive officer".
In Javanese, "CEO" (pronounced "che-oh") can also mean "the biggest boss" or "the most important person."
The word "ຊີອີໂອ" (CEO) is a loanword from English that is used to refer to the chief executive officer of a company or organization.
Malayketua pegawai eksekutif
In its Malay etymology, the word literally means "chief executive officer".
ผู้บริหารสูงสุด is derived from the Thai words ผู้ (person), บริหาร (administration), and สูงสุด (highest), and refers to the highest-ranking executive in a company.
Trong tiếng Việt, "CEO" còn có thể viết tắt của "Công ty cổ phần xuất nhập khẩu dầu khí".
Filipino (Tagalog)ceo

Ceo in Central Asian Languages

Kazakhбас атқарушы директор
Tajikмудири иҷрои
The word "Мудири Иҷрои" in Tajik is derived from the Persian word "Mudīr-i Idžrā’ī", and it can also mean "executive director".
Turkmenbaş direktory
Uzbekbosh ijrochi direktor
The term "Bosh Ijrochi Direktor" is a direct Uzbek translation of the English word "Chief Executive Officer" (CEO).

Ceo in Pacific Languages

Hawaiianluna nui
The Hawaiian word "Luna Nui" derives from ancient Polynesian languages, where "luna" signifies "elder" or "superior" and "nui" means "great" or "important".
Maoritumu whakarae
In Maori, 'Tumu Whakarae' literally means 'backbone of the waka', a metaphor for the leader who steers the organization forward.
Samoanpule sili
The word "Pule Sili" can also refer to the "highest chief" in Samoa.
Tagalog (Filipino)ceo

Ceo in American Indigenous Languages


Ceo in International Languages

The Latin word "CEO" means "heavenly" and is used in the context of religious texts.

Ceo in Others Languages

Greekδιευθύνων σύμβουλος
"Διευθύνων Σύμβουλος" is formed from three Greek words which mean "directing", "managing" and "consultant" respectively.
Hmongtus thawj coj
The term "Tus Thawj Coj" literally translates to "leader of the people" or "chief of the clan" in Hmong.
CEO kelimesi ayrıca "Chief Executive Officer" yani "Yönetim Kurulu Başkanı" anlamına gelir.
The word CEO in Xhosa, 'Umongameli Wolawulo', translates literally to 'President of Management'.
The Yiddish word "סעאָ" ("CEO") is directly borrowed from the English word "CEO".
Zuluumphathi omkhulu
The Zulu term "Umphathi omkhulu," often translated as "CEO," can also refer to various leadership roles, such as a chief or a patriarch.
Bhojpuriसीईओ के बा
Dhivehiސީއީއޯ އެވެ
Filipino (Tagalog)ceo
Kurdish (Sorani)بەڕێوەبەری گشتی
Meiteilon (Manipuri)ꯁꯤ.ꯏ.ꯑꯣ
Mizoceo a ni
Oromohojii gaggeessaa olaanaa
Odia (Oriya)ସିଇଓ
Quechuaceo nisqa
Tigrinyaዋና ኣካያዲ ስራሕ

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