What is chairman?

  • (verb): Act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university.
    Synonyms: chair
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The chairman, also commonly chair, is the highest officer of an organized group such as a board committee, or deliberative assembly. The person holding the office is typically elected or appointed by the members of the group. The chairman presides over meetings of the assembled group and conducts its business in an orderly fashion. When the group is not in session, the officer's duties often include acting as its head, its representative to the outside world and its spokesperson.

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John Lehman - Later Career
... As of 2004, Lehman is chairman of the private equity investment firm J ... Lehman and Company, as well as chairman of the Hawaii Superferry ... Lehman is chairman of the board of OAO Technology Solutions Inc ...
Howard Dean
... He was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009 ... Dean served as chairman of the National Governors Association from 1994 to 1995 during his term, Vermont paid off much of its public debt and had a balanced budget 11 times, lowering income ... Dean formed the organization Democracy for America and later was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee in February 2005 ...
W. Averell Harriman - Summary of Career
1915–46 Member, Palisades Interstate Park Commission, 1915–54 Chairman, Merchant Shipbuilding Corp.1917–25 Chairman, W ... Company, 1920–31 Partner, Soviet Georgian Manganese Concessions, 1925–28 Chairman, executive committee, Illinois Central Railroad, 1931–42 Senior partner, Brown Brothers Harriman Co. 1931–46 Chairman, Union Pacific Railroad, 1932–46 Co-founded Today magazine with Vincent Astor, 1935-37 (merged with Newsweek in 1937 ...
David Puttnam - Association With Education
... He was for 10 years chairman of the National Film and Television School and taught people such as Nick Park ... he founded the National Teaching Awards and became its first chairman ... He was the founding chairman of the General Teaching Council 2000-2002 ...
Ma Ying-jeou
... term President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and the Chairman of the Kuomintang ... He is also the current Chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) having served in that role since 2005 stepping down for a period between 2007 and 2009 ... He was sworn into office as president on May 20, 2008, and sworn in as the Chairman of the Kuomintang on October 17, 2009 ...

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