chief executive


Definition of chief executive 

: a principal executive: such as

a : the president of a republic

b : the governor of a state

c : ceo

Examples of chief executive in a Sentence

The President is the chief executive of the U.S.

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Miles Beale, chief executive of UK’s Wine and Spirit Trade Association, points to London’s overall culinary transformation, which has seen the city embracing diverse and dynamic food over the past decade. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Gin Bounced Back From Decades of Decline to Become London’s Latest It Drink," 11 June 2018 Nicolas Jammet, co-founder and co-chief executive of powerhouse salad chain Sweetgreen, says people looking for a vegan emulsifier should try fabanaise, a mayolike product made with aquafaba, or bean liquid. Becky Krystal, sacbee, "Shake it up: Lots of vinaigrette options," 10 July 2018 In an extensive open letter Xia apologised for a lack of communication to supporters after a turbulent number of weeks saw both the chief executive Keith Wyness and director of football Steve Round leave the club., "Aston Villa Owner Releases Lengthy Open Letter to Fans to 'Clarify' Financial Difficulties," 7 July 2018 Those politics are especially complicated at the Kennedy library, which has been without a permanent director since 2015, when its leader, a federal employee, resigned after clashes with the chief executive of the library’s foundation. Jennifer Schuessler, The Seattle Times, "Jacqueline Kennedy’s notes for Dallas found, starting a quiet tug of war," 2 July 2018 Rabbitt is friend of the council and longtime resident who also is the former Sharp Medical Group chief executive. Jeff Mcdonald,, "What's in a name? San Diego struggles with naming parks after community volunteers," 1 July 2018 Earlier this month, the chief executive approved plans to hit China with $50 billion worth of tariffs starting July 6. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Trade War Fears Ease as Trump Chooses Less Aggressive Option Against Chinese Tech Firms," 27 June 2018 The chief executives of Lockheed Martin (Marillyn Hewson) and Boeing (Dennis Muilenburg) were in the audience. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "President Trump makes news at Space Council meeting by going off script," 18 June 2018 The chief executive of Halliburton on Friday touted the Houston energy sector’s rebound from the recent oil bust and the brightening outlook for the industry, predicting that the world will continue to rely on oil and gas for many decades to come. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Halliburton CEO bullish on oil’s long-term future," 18 June 2018

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1793, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of chief executive

: the president of a country

: the governor of a U.S. state

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