Having worked in a number of truly global companies, both as an employee and as a consultant, I find that different companies put different meanings to the titles.
In one company that I was doing some consultancy work for had a couple of VP’s with basically the same responsibilities as a Manager in several other companies.
Another company had Presidents and Managing Directors in sales companies in very small countries, looking at turnover.
The guys heading a couple of factories with Product line responsibility (product development, global sourcing and global deliveries), thousands of employees and turnover at end-customer 100 times as high as the Presidents were called Plant Managers or Factory Managers. Both the sales directors and factory managers had full P&L-responsibility.
As I understand, this varies from country to country and one from company culture to another. Is this the case or do you see any major trend?
Also: It would be fun to see a ranking list. Understanding that there is a risk do draw focus away from the question above: Here’s my list from bottom to top, taken from a company that actually had all these positions. Please comment.
Manager, General Manager, Senior Manager, Director, VP, Senior VP, Exec VP, CEO