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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He was elected to be the commander-in-chief, he was elected to be the chief executive and to deliver orders and have those orders be faithfully executed by his staff. Fox News, "Brit Hume: Op-ed may be disloyal, but is in no way treason," 6 Sep. 2018 Thierry Bolloré is the company’s new chief executive, and Michelin CEO Jean-Dominique Senard was named chairman. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "Ghosn in Prison: No Clock, No Computer and 30 Minutes a Day Outside," 31 Jan. 2019 Jay Walder, who recently left his position as CEO of bike-share operator Motivate, will become the new chief executive of the futuristic transportation company. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Virgin Hyperloop One taps Citi Bike’s Jay Walder as new CEO," 8 Nov. 2018 But, Kerry suggested, Trump's presidency is different, and actually poses genuine problems that merit finding a new chief executive. Gregg Re, Fox News, "John Kerry condemns bids to 'destroy' presidents, then suggests Trump unfit for office," 10 Sep. 2018 Jonathan Akeroyd and Donatella Versace will remain chief executive and creative director of Versace, respectively. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Michael Kors Is Buying Versace for $2 Billion," 25 Sep. 2018 Toby Bozzuto, president and chief executive of the Bozzuto Group, quipped. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "Landlords Boosted Rents Last Year, but Tenants May Soon Have the Edge," 5 Jan. 2019 Doug Brown, the chief executive of the British Society for Immunology, told the Guardian. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Measles cases have hit a record high in Europe. Blame austerity.," 24 Sep. 2018 Anderson, who appeared on PCWorld’s The Full Nerd podcast just two weeks ago to explain the ins and outs of AMD’s new 2nd Gen Threadripper chip, has left to become chief executive of another undisclosed chip company, AMD said. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "AMD loses another key executive, Jim Anderson, as it shifts manufacturing to TSMC," 27 Aug. 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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