Chief Executive began publication in 1976. The magazine is published six times a year and has a circulation of 42,000 copies. It is audited twice yearly by BPA Worldwide. The magazine began publishing its magazine online in 1998.
Some of the magazine's featured sections include: CEO Chronicles, Thought Leader, Chief Concern, Labour Relations, Strategy, Financial Management, Roundtable, and the CEO Confidence Index, which reflects the CEO population's perspective on the economy, employment and investment opportunities via a monthly survey.