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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

  1. A person (implied male) presiding over a meeting.
  2. The head of a corporate or governmental board of directors, a committee, or other formal entity.
  3. historical Someone whose job is to carry people in a portable chair, sedan chair, or similar conveyance.
  • to act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university.
  • the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization.

Full Definition of Chairman

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.

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As a result of public backlash he has withdrawn his nomination for chairman.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.
October 04, 2022
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Chairman. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: October 04, 2022).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Chairman. Retrieved October 04, 2022
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Chairman are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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