The term C-level position refers to the highest ranking executives in a company, with titles that usually begin with "chief." The three most common C-level positions include the chief executive officer, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer.
Business and corporate titles are used to identify an individual's roles and responsibilities in their company. The highest ranking officers are referred to as C-level because the initials of their corporate title will typically start with a "c." Generally, these executives are also the highest paid employees of the company, which reflects the importance of the decisions they make on a daily basis.
In the United States, the highest ranking employee is the CEO (chief executive officer), who often also retains the title of president. Other C-level positions include:
All of the above positions are part of what is referred to as the company's C-Suite.