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Encyclopedia > Vice Chairman

A chairman is the presiding officer of a meeting, organization, committee, or other deliberative body. It is his or her responsibility to determine the agenda for each meeting, and ensure that everyone operates in an efficient manner and in accordance with any previously agreed rules. He or she may also be entrusted with various other executive powers. Chairman also means chair “manager” and hence is shortened to chairman. However, in order to avoid what some see as sexist assumptions, the position is nowadays sometimes called chairperson or simply the chair. Alternatively, the title of chairwoman may be used if the incumbent is female.

So far as the boards of public companies are concerned, the role of the Chairman of the board as distinct from that of the company's Chief Executive Officer or Managing Director has in recent times been brought into focus, as the result of alleged corporate governance shortcomings observed in companies in which the two roles are combined. A pivotal document setting out recommendations is the Cadbury Report, the recommendations of which have been adopted to greater or lesser extent by the European Union, USA, the World Bank and others.

It is common for "chair persons" to hold memberships of several boards and committees at one time. Diversifying board memberships gives a broader sense of what is appropriate and "fitting" when making decisions.

In China the title of "Chairman" is often used interchangeably with that of president (ex: Chairman Mao).

External link

  • Financial Aspects of Corporate Governance (aka the Cadbury Report) (http://rru.worldbank.org/Documents/1253.pdf) (PDF format)

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BBA - Chairman & Vice-Chairman - Duties (347 words)
If the chairman and the vice-chairman are absent, a chairman shall be appointed by the members present, who shall preside at the said meeting, or until the arrival of the chairman or the vice-chairman.
When the chairman or other presiding officer is called upon to decide a point of order or practice, he shall give his decision and state the rule applicable to the case, without argument or comment, subject to an appeal to the board, also without debate.
The chairman shall declare the result of all votes and when any member shall call for a recorded vote, the names of those who voted "for" and "against" the question shall be entered upon the minutes by the secretary.
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