Top 43 CEO Quotes

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“Clearly, as a CEO, you have other functions that are managed by other people.”

― Al-Waleed bin Talal

“I hadn’t grown up always aspiring to be a CEO.”

― Angela Ahrendts

“When I became the CEO of Burberry in July 2006, luxury was one of the fastest-growing sectors in the world.”

― Angela Ahrendts

“The day I was announced as CEO, I think the stock dropped another 20%.”

― Anne M. Mulcahy

“It’s very easy to criticize the CEO of the market leader.”

― Bobby Kotick

“Yahoo is a great company, and anyone should be proud to be CEO.”

― Brad Garlinghouse

“I joined the board of Etsy when it was just three founders, and I helped recruit the COO and CTO, Chad Dickerson, who later became the CEO.”

― Caterina Fake

“I didn’t aspire to be the CEO of Deloitte, but I aspired to be a leader in Deloitte.”

― Cathy Engelbert

“You’re supposed to have a passionate purpose as a CEO.”

― Christopher Voss

“I’ve been a comedian since I was fourteen. But I’ve never really been a CEO.”

― Dave Chappelle

“Paul Otellini, the former CEO of Intel, I worked with while I was still with VMware. I knew Ram Shriram through the tech industry.”

― Diane Greene

“No one is born a CEO, but no one tells you that.”

― Drew Houston

“I’m not a millionaire, a billionaire, a CEO, or a movie star.”

― Elizabeth Emken

“Board meetings should not be for the benefit of the board. They should be for the benefit of the CEO and the senior team.”

― Fred Wilson

“It’s important for a CEO to feel lucky.”

― Glenn Kelman

“I’m a CEO of a public company. You have to show decorum.”

― Ivan Glasenberg

“I will never be a CEO again.”

― Jerry Yang

“When I became CEO, Puma was bankrupt on paper.”

― Jochen Zeitz

“Culture is what happens when the CEO isn’t in the room.”

― John Collison

“I hated being a public company CEO.”

― John Katzman

“What I’ve realized is most leaders cannot reinvent themselves at the CEO level or at the operational level.”

― John T. Chambers

“Most novelists are narcissistic egomaniacs who would probably fit somewhere on the CEO spectrum.”

― Joshua Cohen

“When times are good, a CEO should remain poised and composed. When times are difficult, a CEO should remain poised and composed.”

― Judy Smith

“Any slots at the senior level, including CEO or other slots, will be filled internally.”

― Kenneth Lay

“I learned a lesson that I don’t ever want to be a CEO.”

― Larry Wilcox

“I met the CEO of Twitter.”

― Leslie Jones

“I’ve signed many documents as president and CEO as required by law. I signed every single document that we were required to file – every single one of them.”

― Matt Bevin

“Strategy is not really a solo sport – even If you’re the CEO.”

― Max McKeown

“The chief strategist of an organization has to be the leader – the CEO.”

― Michael Porter

“I was the CEO of Justin.tv, and my cofounders were senior engineers there. We came up with the idea at Justin.tv in the fall of 2010.”

― Michael Seibel

“I do not want to be a long-term CEO.”

― Osman Rashid

“I’m not going out there screaming, ‘I’m CEO! I’m CEO!’ That’s not the way to do it.”

― Payal Kadakia

“If you’re the CEO of a publicly traded company, you’re worried about quarterly returns.”

― Peter Diamandis

“I do believe I have certain strengths as a female CEO, such as having another level of awareness through emotional intelligence.”

― Rana el Kaliouby

“When you’re the CEO, you take responsibility.”

― Rick Scott

“On Friday I was in Washington for a meeting with Administration officials. In the course of that meeting, they requested that I ‘step aside’ as CEO of GM, and so I have.”

― Rick Wagoner

“I highly appreciate the work of Ed Woodward, the CEO of Manchester United.”

― Robin Van Persie

“An approachable and authentic CEO is essential to fostering a high-performance, open communications culture.”

― Scott Weiss

“As a first-time CEO, I wasn’t sure if I would scale to run IronPort long-term. But I wanted a legitimate shot at it.”

― Scott Weiss

“In large companies, the CEO is very distant from operations.”

― Shiv Nadar

“I don’t think everyone wants to be a CEO.”

― Stacy Brown-Philpot

“That is exactly what Mr. Trump is: The working man and woman’s CEO.”

― Stephen Moore

“One of the first acts during the second coming of Steve Jobs as CEO in 1997 was a major board overhaul.”

― Tahl Raz
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