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.
Recent Examples on the Web Carlyle said late Sunday that Mr. Lee, who has been its chief executive since 2018, was stepping down from the firm effective immediately. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 Its chief executive shared how G.M. intends to get there. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2022 Now that thread has finally been cut: On Wednesday, the board of directors opted to draw a line under countless controversies and part ways with its beleaguered Swiss chief executive in favor of fresh blood and a different strategic direction. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 27 July 2022 The company’s website is defunct, and an email request for comment to the sole address listed elsewhere online, seemingly to its chief executive, bounced back. Monika Pronczuk,, 27 July 2022 Home retailer Bed Bath & Beyond announced Wednesday the ouster of its chief executive Mark Tritton on the back of disappointing earnings, sending shares of the company tumbling and capping a disastrous stretch for the home retailer. Derek Saul, Forbes, 29 June 2022 Maloney cited the safety commission report in her letters Tuesday to the chief executive officers of the four companies. Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News, 29 June 2022 County judges are the chief executive officers for Arkansas county governments, overseeing the road department and other departments and maintaining county courthouses and jails. Tom Sissom, Arkansas Online, 22 June 2022 Watters said the American people should be embarrassed once again by their chief executive. Fox News, 20 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of chief executive

1793, in the meaning defined above

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12 Aug 2022

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“Chief executive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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