This reminds me of the question, “If you were a cookie, what kind would you be?” but a little more serious. There are many common C-level positions that are familiar to us:
- CEO – Chief Executive Officer
- CFO – Chief Financial Officer
- COO – Chief Operating Officer
- CIO – Chief Information Officer
- CTO – Chief Technology Officer
These corporate titles, among other things, show a company’s commitment to those areas. If an area is important to a company, then there should be visibility all the way to the top.
Bill Buxton in his book “Sketching User Experiences: getting the design right and the right design” on page 17 proposes that if design leadership is important to a company, then there should be a Chief Design Officer (CDO).
I found it interesting that in January 2007, Ancestry named Megan Smolenyak as Chief Family Historian (CFH).
So, if I were to choose I would either be a CDO for a genealogy software company or a CFH.
What about you? What would you be?
What other genealogy related, C-level titles can you think of?