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chairman

noun [C]     /ˈtʃeəmən/ (plural chairmen)
MEETINGS a person , especially a man, who is in charge of a meeting : The chairman called the meeting to order . → See also chair noun, chairperson, chairwoman
a person who is in charge of a committee or an organization : appoint sb (as) chairman He was appointed chairman of the British Bankers ' Association .serve/resign/step down as chairman She has decided to step down as chairman next year .
WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT a person who is in charge of a large company , especially the chairman of the board : appoint sb (as) chairman She was one of the few women to be appointed chairman of a FTSE 100 company .serve/resign/step down as chairman After serving as chairman for the past five years , he will retire at the end of the next financial year . The chairman's role includes managing the board's business and acting as its facilitator and guide .deputy/vice chairman Dr Johnson was not only vice chairman but also one of the founders of the company .
→ See also executive chairman
(Definition of chairman noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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