• Chief Risk Officer Risk management isn't just for insurance companies anymore. Risk officers identify and mitigate various risks facing a company, from computer viruses to acts of nature.

  • Chief Ethics Officer Brought about in part by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and increased government scrutiny, this new kind of CEO establishes and enforces codes of ethics and organizes integrity training programs for employees.

  • Corporate Development Officer As M&A activity continues to surge, more companies are appointing executives to focus solely on merger and acquisition plans.

  • Chief Diversity Officer Diversity is becoming a key part of strategic planning. In addition to overseeing compliance issues, CDOs develop, implement, and manage all aspects of a company's strategy for promoting diversity.

  • Chief Blogging Officer Believe it or not, some businesses, including yogurt maker Stonyfield Farms, are hiring senior executives to write company blogs. "Blogging has become a corporate job," says Laura Lorber, an editor at CareerJournal.com.