A Quote about the CCO Council from Curtis Bingham
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Managing a CCO

The first CCO was hired in 1999 at Texas Power and Light. In 2003 there were fewer than 20 people in the world with the obscure title of Chief Customer Officer. There are now more than 500 officially titled Chief Customer Officers in the world and perhaps hundreds more serving the same role but without the formal title. Fewer than 35 of the Fortune 500 companies have a CCO The CCO is responsible for profitably aligning the company's deliverables with strategic customer needs and values. It is far easier to install a CCO in a smaller company of perhaps less than $100M in revenue, often because the CCO can directly influence all the employees. The CCO role is the most fragile in the C-suite, with an average tenure of 29.4 months, with some notable exceptions on either side of the average. It takes at least two years for the CCO's activities to flow through the company and make a significant impact on top and bottom-line results. Approximately 60% of CCOs are promoted from within and the remainder is hired from the outside. The CCO has a three-fold mission: 1) increase profitable behavior, 2) increase customer centricity, and 3) drive sustainable growth. Jasmine Green, Chief Customer Advocate, Nationwide, named 2012 Chief Customer Officer of the Year, Read More The hallmark of the CCO is the ability to create and drive customer strategy across the company. The technology sector alone accounts for 26.7% of all CCO employment.

Performance Metrics

Perhaps the most difficult aspect of creating a Chief Customer Officer role is measuring results, which are less easily quantified than the results of traditional roles. Evaluation metrics must be clearly defined and agreed upon from the outset, lest the champion fail. For example, if the company is measured solely on revenue and the CCO is measured on customer loyalty, the measurements may well be at odds with each other. Nevertheless, the CCO must show tangible results to firmly establish value even in difficult times. The following are key performance metrics that CCOs should be measured against:

Revenue or Profitability Improvement

The vast majority of CCOs today are tied in some fashion to either the creation or preservation of revenue. Six years ago, many CCOs were embroiled in a battle with their Utopian customer view, taking care of customers because it was “the right thing to do.” But they couldn’t justify their existence. Without being measured on revenue or profit improvement their position was the first to be eliminated when revenue fell. CCOs should focus more on overall profitability improvement as the core KPI as such is the hallmark of a successful customer strategy and the key to competitive advantage.

Corporate Strategy Development/Execution

By definition, the CCO owns the voice of the customer and the shaping of corporate strategy. Thus, the more closely tied to this corporate strategy are the CCOs goals, the more likely he or she is to succeed.

Customer Strategy Development/Execution

The creation of and execution of customer strategy based on clear customer/market insight to drive profitable customer behavior is a hallmark of the most successful CCOs.

Customer Centricity

Creating a customer-centric culture and driving organizational accountability to customers is a critical measure of the success of the CCO. Motivating and holding people accountable ensures that customers are integral into everyone’s mindset and not just “someone else’s problem”.

Customer Loyalty Improvements

Loyalty improvement is a more tangible and easily measured proxy for the preceding metrics. Nearly all CCOs are measuring satisfaction and many are measuring loyalty on a regular basis. As previously mentioned, satisfaction alone is insufficient because satisfied customers defect, unlike loyal customers.


"At SAVO, we are dedicated to our customers' success. We have organized our teams around it, developed programs to promote it, and we measure ourselves based on their success. I look forward to working with other members of the council to explore innovative ways to drive the imperative
of customer success to
the forefront of an
strategic initiatives."

Brian Study
SAVO Group