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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So Christian Sewing, the chief executive, described his plan, unveiled on July 7th, to revive the chronically ailing German lender. The Economist, "Deutsche Bank shrinks and restructures," 8 July 2019 In a meeting earlier this year with Jack Dorsey, the Twitter chief executive, Trump asked about his follower size. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Facebook and Twitter not invited to White House social media summit, sources say," 7 July 2019 Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, suspended the bill after violent clashes broke out between police and protesters on June 12. Alice Su,, "Activists fear shattered glass may obscure demands of Hong Kong protest movement," 3 July 2019 Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, suspended the bill but is now facing calls to withdraw it completely and to leave office. Washington Post, "What’s happening in Hong Kong? Four key questions, answered.," 3 July 2019 Later that year, a banking group led by J. P. Morgan (the person) took control of the company—by then renamed AT&T—got rid of its board and management, and installed Theodore Vail, age 62, as its new chief executive. Safi Bahcall, WIRED, "NASA Needs to Out-Crazy Elon Musk," 3 July 2019 The nonprofit that stages the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has a new chief executive: Rob Urbach from Colorado. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "The Iditarod has a new CEO: Rob Urbach," 29 June 2019 All six of the employees have been fired, and Laguna Honda’s chief executive, Mivic Hirose, has resigned. Dominic Fracassa,, "Patient abuse scandal rocks San Francisco’s Laguna Honda hospital," 28 June 2019 Among those named were billionaire Li, and Michael Tien, a lawmaker who is among those able to vote for the chief executive, and founder of international work-apparel chain G2000. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "Where you shop and where you eat is now a political choice in Hong Kong," 25 June 2019

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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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