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The chairman has been described as “first among equals” and is appointed by fellow board members, not shareholders. The chair acts as the link between the board and the CEO/company.
The role of the chair is not defined in the Corporations Act 2001. Thus many functions of the chair are customary rather than formalized by law. These include:

• Acting as the link between the board and the company
• Establishing and maintaining an effective working relationship with the CEO
• Setting the tone for the board, including the establishment of a common purpose
• Chairing board meetings efficiently and shaping the agenda in relation to goals, strategy, budget and executive performance
• Obtaining appropriate information to present to the board
• Ensuring contributions by all board members and reaching consensus when making decisions
• Motivating board members and where appropriate dealing with underperformance
• Instituting the process for appraising board members individually and the board as a whole
• Overseeing negotiations for the CEO’s employment and evaluating the CEO’s performance
• Planning for the succession of senior executives, including the CEO
• Assisting with the selection of board committee members.

A chairman can only be effective while he or she retains the confidence and respect of board members. An underperforming chairman may be asked to step down by other directors but, in respect of all public companies and most proprietary companies, can only be removed from the board by a vote of shareholders. Most would choose to resign rather than face re-election without board endorsement.

A General Manager has broad, overall responsibility for a business or organization. Whereas a manager may be responsible for one functional area, the General Manager is responsible for all areas.

General Managers manage through subordinate manager. However, a General Manager may have individuals reporting to him/her who are not managers.

A General Manager has the power to hire, fire, or promote employees.
A General Manager is responsible for higher level planning than a manager. A General Manager is often responsible for the overall strategic planning and direction of the company or organization and leaves the day-to-day management of the various functions to the managers.


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