› relating to making decisions and managing businesses or government: executive decision/duty An executive decision was made to move to another site. The organizational pyramid had executive management at the top and supervisors and employees at the bottom.
› having or relating to the power to take action on decisions: executive authority/leadership/power Reshaping the culture of the corporation around the needs of the entire enterprise requires executive leadership. The IMF is fully accountable to its membership, through the 24-member executive board. → Compare non-executive
› relating to executives (= important people in a company who make decisions): an executive appointment/job/position executive bonuses/pay/salary They appointed a relocation officer at executive level. The interview board considered that the candidate was definitely executive material.
› suitable for people with important jobs in business: an executive jet He had a drink in the airport executive lounge before boarding his flight. He worked in the executive suite at Northwest Airlines.
› expensive and of a high quality: an executive car/flat/home → See Note expensive