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 Michael Reed, chairman and chief executive officer of the overall public entity, Gannett Co., has assumed Mr. Bascobert’s responsibilities. David Brinkerhoff, USA TODAY, "CEO of Gannett's operating company, Paul Bascobert, will leave company; Mike Reed assumes responsibilities," 19 June 2020 Thompson is also a senior fellow with the Bipartisan Policy Center and chairman and chief executive officer of Thompson Holdings. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tommy Thompson named interim UW System president following chaotic search process," 19 June 2020 Pinterest chief executive Ben Silberman told employees that the company would hire a non-white board member, Bloomberg's Sarah Frier reports. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "Welcome to The Technology 202, our guide to the intersection of technology and politics.," 18 June 2020 Both John Taylor, Liberty Center’s general manager, and Yaromir Steiner, chief executive officer of Steiner and Associates, developer of Liberty Center, are in favor of the project., "Liberty Township trustees approve $72 million upscale housing project," 18 June 2020 In an interview with Ars, the chief executive of Avio, Giulio Ranzo, said the failure last year—the first failure in 15 launches of the booster—occurred shortly after ignition of the rocket's second-stage motor. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "An Italian-made rocket faces a big test on Thursday night," 17 June 2020 The chief executive of a prominent Philippine news website was convicted of cyber libel, a verdict viewed widely as a blow to press freedom in the Southeast Asian nation. Feliz Solomon, WSJ, "Rodrigo Duterte Critic Found Guilty of Libel in the Philippines," 15 June 2020 Larkins was fired from his investment bank, and Alexander, the chief executive of a skin care company, lost a major distributor. NBC News, "Filipino American confronted for BLM message sheds light on form of genteel racism, experts say," 14 June 2020 Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has said that Facebook would not police clear untruths or fact-check politicians. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Facebook now says it won't even try to block 2020 election disinformation," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of chief executive

1793, in the meaning defined above

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“Chief executive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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