An executive director is a chief executive officer (CEO) or managing director of an organization, company, or corporation. The title is widely used in North American non-profit organizations, though in recent decades many U.S. nonprofits have adopted the title president or CEO. Confusion can arise because the words “executive” and “director” occur both in this title and in those of various members of some organizations’ Board of directors. The precise meanings of these terms are discussed in the Board of Directors article.

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