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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But the new coin was met with skepticism after a New York Times investigation uncovered that one of Centra’s chief executives had been fabricated. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled charged for illegally touting crypto offerings," 29 Nov. 2018 Rich Adcock, Verity’s chief executive, said this week in a statement. Melody Petersen,, "Verity Health may sell St. Vincent and its other hospitals," 12 July 2018 On the face of it, the vacancy to become chief executive of Lululemon doesn’t ooze appeal. The Economist, "Despite falling foul of the #MeToo movement, Lululemon is soaring," 12 July 2018 Wheeler will become the become A.O Smith's tenth chief executive in the company's 144-year history. Stephanie Morse, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kevin Wheeler to become next CEO of Milwaukee water technology company A.O. Smith," 11 July 2018 Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck said in a release announcing the finalist locations. Marco Santana,, "Cape Canaveral one of four options for Rocket Lab launch pad," 11 July 2018 More chief executives, but particularly immigrant-started companies. Recode Staff, Recode, "How India fits into the global economy: It may not be China, but at least it isn’t Russia," 4 Aug. 2018 Wayne LaPierre, the group’s chief executive, invoked the phrase after the 2012 massacre of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school. Frances Stead Sellers, Washington Post, "Two Oklahoma citizens killed an active shooter, and it's not as simple as it sounds," 13 July 2018 Sorrell, the former WPP Group chief executive, just agreed to acquire Dutch digital production company MediaMonks for about $353 million. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Martin Sorrell's plan to build a digital ad business has officially begun," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of chief executive

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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