Define: Chairman

UK Accounting Glossary

Definition: Chairman

Quick Summary of Chairman

The person who chairs the meetings of the board of directors of a company (preferably not the chief executive).

What is the dictionary definition of Chairman?

Dictionary Definition

A chairman is an executive elected by a company’s board of directors who is responsible for presiding over board or committee meetings. A chairman usually sets the boards agenda and typically has significant sway as to how the board votes.

Full Definition of Chairman

Examples of Chairman in a sentence

The chairman has designated him as his successor.
The chairman expressed the opinion that job losses were inevitable but necessary.
The chairman made a few controversial remarks on the subject.
At the meeting the chairman spoke for over an hour on the topic of globalisation.
The chairman has the right to veto any of the board’s proposals.
The chairman arose and declared the meeting open.
Kindly address your concerns to the chairman, rather than directly to other representatives at this meeting.
The dismissals were followed by the resignation of the chairman.
The chairman excused himself and left.
A chairwoman may be addressed as Madam Chairman.
He presided himself as chairman of the department.
The local party supported her nomination for the post of chairman.
As a result of public backlash he has withdrawn his nomination for chairman.
Richards has been appointed as the chairman of the education committee.
They now have to account to the chairman for all the money they’ve spent.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Chairman. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. July 21, 2019
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Chairman. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: July 21, 2019).
American Psychological Association (APA):
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Chairman are sourced/syndicated from:

  • Oxford Dictionary Of Economics
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 23rd December 2018.