a senior employee appointed by the shareholders to help run a company, who is usually in charge of one or other of its main functions, e.g. sales or human relations, and usually, but not always, a member of the board of directors

"...the research director will manage and direct a team of business analysts reporting on the latest developments in retail distribution throughout the UK" [Times]

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