executive ( executives plural )
1 n-count An executive is someone who is employed by a business at a senior level. Executives decide what the business should do, and ensure that it is done.
...an advertising executive., ...Her husband is a senior bank executive.
2 adj The executive sections and tasks of an organization are concerned with the making of decisions and with ensuring that decisions are carried out.
A successful job search needs to be as well organised as any other executive task..., I don't envisage I will take an executive role, but rather become a consultant on merchandise and marketing.
3 adj Executive goods are expensive goods designed or intended for executives and other people at a similar social or economic level.
...an executive briefcase., ...executive cars.
4 n-sing The executive committee or board of an organization is a committee within that organization which has the authority to make decisions and ensures that these decisions are carried out.
the N, N n
He sits on the executive committee that manages Lloyds..., ...the executive of the National Union of Students.
5 n-sing The executive is the part of the government of a country that is concerned with carrying out decisions or orders, as opposed to the part that makes laws or the part that deals with criminals. the N, N n The government, the executive and the judiciary are supposed to be separate..., The matter should be resolved by the executive branch of government.
chief executive officer ( chief executive officers plural ) The chief executive officer of a company is the person who has overall responsibility for the management of that company. The abbreviation CEO is often used. (BUSINESS) n-count
non-executive ( non-executives plural )
1 adj Someone who has a non-executive position in a company or organization gives advice but is not responsible for making decisions or ensuring that decisions are carried out. (BUSINESS) ADJ n (Antonym: executive)
2 n-count A non-executive is someone who has a non-executive position in a company or organization. (BUSINESS)
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