chair·​per·​son | \ ˈcher-ˌpər-sᵊn How to pronounce chairperson (audio) \
plural chairpersons

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A new chairperson for the committee has not yet been appointed. the chairperson will determine the order in which people will speak

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Read more: Harmon, an assistant professor of strategy at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, concluded that the more a Fed chairperson discussed a taken-for-granted assumption, the more volatile the financial markets grew. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "How can Fed make investors uncertain? U-M professor says it's obvious," 22 June 2018 About 20 people are serving as sub-committee chairpersons. Mike Peticca,, "Committee for Solon Schools working to pass May 8 operating levy," 30 Mar. 2018 Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the current chairperson of Qatar Museums and Sheikh Hamad’s daughter, has said. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019 One reflection of the continuing power struggle: when Mr. Ho officially retired last year, SJM—which owns one of Macau’s six casino concessions—appointed three chairpersons including Ms. Leong and Daisy Ho, Pansy’s sister. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "This Macau Family Saga Remains a Big Gamble," 25 Jan. 2019 Steele served as chairperson of the RNC from 2009 until 2011. John Fritze,, "Maryland's Michael Steele, once the national Republican Party leader, searches for his place in Trump's GOP," 8 Apr. 2018 Bin Sulayem’s election as chairperson is less of a surprise. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Virgin Hyperloop One taps Citi Bike’s Jay Walder as new CEO," 8 Nov. 2018 University of Houston spokesman Chris Stripes shared two other yearbook photos of Turner receiving an award for Outstanding Contribution to Campus Activities and another of him as a chairperson for the school's Black Student Union. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's University of Houston yearbook photo pops up on Reddit," 11 June 2018 In an attempt to contain the mess, the APWA started the Utility Location Coordination Council and installed Attebery as its chairperson. Rick Paulas, Popular Mechanics, "The Graffiti That Will Save Your Life," 22 Feb. 2016

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of chairperson

: the person who leads a meeting, organization, committee, or event


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