chair/CHe(ə)r/

Noun: A separate seat for one person, typically with a back and four legs.

Verb: Act as chairperson of or preside over (an organisation, meeting, or public event).

Synonyms: noun. seat - stool verb. preside

  • “Chairman of the Board” is the name of a 1998 comedy starring Raquel Welch. In the film a surfer and investor called Edison inherits a billionaire’s company and becomes the Chairman of the Board. It’s claim to fame? It is widely regards as one of the worst films ever made!!
  • “Chairmen of the Board” is an American-Canadian soul music group in the 1970’s whose lead singer was the late General Johnson.
  • In June 2017 there were six current female Chairmen in the FTSE 150: Anita Frew (Croda International), Alison Carnwath (Land Securities Group), Manjit Wolstenholme (Provident Financial), Susan Kilsby (Shire), Sarah Bates (St James’s Place) and Helen Alexander (UBM).
  • In 2017 the average age of a female Chairman in the FTSE 150 is 57.5. The average age of a male Chairman in the FTSE 150 is 64.1.
  • 16 of the current FTSE100 Chairmen were previously Finance Directors.
  • 28 of the current FTSE Chairmen are not British.
  • When you Google “Chairman: Images” – one of the most popular hits is Chairman Mao – far removed from the type of Chairman we represent!
  • There has been a significant increase in the use of the word “Chair” to describe the role and is used alongside and often in preference to “Chairperson.” “Madam Chairman” and “Chairwoman” are also used. However, most female Chairs seem to prefer to be referred to as “Chairman.”
  • Frank Sinatra was referred to as the “Chairman of The Board” after founding Reprise Records in 1961.
  • When using “Chair” as a verb (ie a “doing word”) it describes the role of a Chairman – very much a “doing” role. A Chairman is someone who makes a difference by what he/she does.
  • In 2002, Baroness Hogg became the first woman to chair a FTSE 100 company.