chairman chair‧man [ˈtʆeəmən ǁ ˈtʆer-] noun chairmen PLURALFORM [-mən] [countable]
1. someone, especially a man, who is in charge of a meeting or who directs the work of a committee or organization; = CHAIR:

• The chairman then declared the meeting closed.

• Morrison had been elected chairman of the party's Campaign Committee.

2. also chairman of the board JOBS COMMERCE the person who is in charge of a large company or organization, especially the most senior member of its board; = CHAIR:

• Microsoft chairman, Bill Gates

• He will remain chairman of the company.

ˌdeputy ˈchairman
JOBS COMMERCE someone who is directly below a chairman in rank:

• Deputy Chairman of the advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi

exˌecutive ˈchairman
JOBS COMMERCE a chairman who is involved in the everyday running of a company or organization:

• Would the executive chairman be ready to sell his shares for the sake of the company?

ˌvice ˈchairman or vice-chairman JOBS COMMERCE
the title given in some organizations to the person directly below the chairman in rank:

• The post of Vice Chairman was left to be decided at the next Committee meeting.

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chairman UK US /ˈtʃeəmən/ noun [C] (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(Cf. ↑chair) noun, CHAIRPERSON(Cf. ↑chairperson), CHAIRWOMAN(Cf. ↑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(Cf. ↑executive chairman)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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