chief learning officer (CLO) definition

Contributor(s): Emma Snider

A chief learning officer (CLO) is a senior-level executive who ensures that a company's corporate learning program and strategy supports its overall business goals. 

CLOs are often found at larger organizations where the human resources department is broken out into various specialties. CLOs, who are sometimescalled chief knowledge officers, usually report either to the top talent officer or the chief executive officer (CEO).

A CLO's responsibilities may include onboarding, training courses and materials, employee development initiatives, executive coaching, knowledge management and succession planning. CLOs may also supervise the selection and implementation of learning technology, such as learning management systems (LMS).

This was first published in January 2014

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