chairman


chairman
chairman chair‧man [ˈtʆeəmən ǁ ˈtʆer-] noun chairmen PLURALFORM [-mən] [countable]
1. someone, especially a man, who is in charge of a meeting or who directs the work of a committee or organization; = CHAIR:

• The chairman then declared the meeting closed.

• Morrison had been elected chairman of the party's Campaign Committee.

2. also chairman of the board JOBS COMMERCE the person who is in charge of a large company or organization, especially the most senior member of its board; = CHAIR:

• Microsoft chairman, Bill Gates

• He will remain chairman of the company.

ˌdeputy ˈchairman
JOBS COMMERCE someone who is directly below a chairman in rank:

• Deputy Chairman of the advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi

exˌecutive ˈchairman
JOBS COMMERCE a chairman who is involved in the everyday running of a company or organization:

• Would the executive chairman be ready to sell his shares for the sake of the company?

ˌvice ˈchairman or vice-chairman JOBS COMMERCE
the title given in some organizations to the person directly below the chairman in rank:

• The post of Vice Chairman was left to be decided at the next Committee meeting.

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chairman UK US /ˈtʃeəmən/ noun [C] (plural chairmen)
MEETINGS a person, especially a man, who is in charge of a meeting: »

The chairman called the meeting to order.

See also CHAIR(Cf. chair) noun, CHAIRPERSON(Cf. ↑chairperson), CHAIRWOMAN(Cf. ↑chairwoman)
a person who is in charge of a committee or an organization: appoint sb (as) chairman »

He was appointed chairman of the British Bankers' Association.

serve/resign/step down as chairman »

She has decided to step down as chairman next year.

WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT a person who is in charge of a large company, especially the chairman of the board: appoint sb (as) chairman »

She was one of the few women to be appointed chairman of a FTSE 100 company.

serve/resign/step down as chairman »

After serving as chairman for the past five years, he will retire at the end of the next financial year.

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The chairman's role includes managing the board's business and acting as its facilitator and guide.

deputy/vice chairman »

Dr Johnson was not only vice chairman but also one of the founders of the company.

See also EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN(Cf. ↑executive chairman)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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