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What Does the Chairman of the Board Do?

GavelEarlier today I answered the following Quora question: What does the Chairman of the Board do?

Here is the answer that I provided:

The Chairman of the Board does what the Bylaws and the Board of Directors say s/he will do. Here is some typical Bylaws language:

“The board of directors may elect a chairman, who shall preside, if present, at board meetings and shall exercise and perform such other powers and duties as may be assigned from time to time by the board of directors.”

Most of my (startup and early-stage) clients don’t even bother to elect a Chairman.

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The Chairman of the Board does what the Bylaws and the Board of Directors say s/he will do. Here is some typical Bylaws language: “The board of directors may elect a chairman, who shall preside, if present, at board meetings and shall exercise and perform such other powers and duties as may be assigned from time to time by the board of directors.”
Most of my (startup and early-stage) clients don’t even bother to elect a Chairman.
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