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Is there a lexicalization for someone who holds a position, for example, in a company, in the army, in an organization, etc.?

All of the relevant ___________ should be promptly contacted and updated.

Position-holder seems so awkward.

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    How about: "All of the relevant personnel should be contacted."
    – Jim
    Apr 1, 2014 at 13:47
  • You're asking for a very general word, yet your dissatisfaction with the answers below suggest you have a particular situation in mind. Just be clear about your actual context, and you'll get a better suggestion.
    – Peter
    Apr 1, 2014 at 16:41
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    – tchrist
    Apr 1, 2014 at 23:00
  • Huh? What does that mean?
    – Ilanysong
    Apr 2, 2014 at 17:29
  • Change all of the > all the > all.
    – tchrist
    Jun 14, 2014 at 23:28

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incumbent

noun

1 The holder of an office or post:
the present incumbent will soon be retiring

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Usage [emphasis added]:

Aron & Nightgale, Incumbent Workers' Views about Lifelong Learning, 1995, p.7

… (2) evaluate the individual labor market impacts of increased education and training among incumbent workers.

Sims, Reforming (transforming?) a Public Human Resource Management Agency, 2010, p.234

a. If an active eligibility list for the new classification exists, the incumbent employee was on the eligibility list, and the incumbent employee met all other eligibility requirements, he or she might be appointed from the eligibility list to the reclassified position.

Smyth, Employed but not Engaged, 2010, p.90

If the old role becomes redundant, and a new role created, then there is no absolute obligation to move the incumbent employee over to the new role. That said, you do have an obligation in any redundancy to consider redeployment opportunities for redundant employees, and in this case that would involve offering the new role to the incumbent employee.

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  • Why do you think it's too narrow? In what sense?
    – Kris
    Apr 1, 2014 at 13:53
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    Because I associate "incumbent" only with someone in high office. The specific context that I encountered was in a board meeting, where specific criteria were to be applied to the appropriate "position-holders"...
    – Ilanysong
    Apr 1, 2014 at 13:55
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    What makes you associate the word with 'high office' only? Have you checked the dictionary? Can you add something to enlighten me about that?
    – Kris
    Apr 1, 2014 at 13:57
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    @Ilanysong That's another meaning of incumbent, used in the political context. Both definitions are there in the dictionary.
    – Kris
    Apr 2, 2014 at 5:25
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    @Ilanysong: Incumbent can certainly used for any office to which people are elected or appointed for limited terms. I personally wouldn't use it for a general or a supreme court member, for example, because these aren't limited-term positions, and I think of incumbent as having the implication of limited-term (exceptions made for elected officials seem to hold their positions for life). Apr 6, 2014 at 13:25
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One word which is used is post-holder.

noun
(formal) a person who has a particular job or position

[Collins]

It is likely to fit in the quoted sentence:

All of the relevant post-holders should be promptly contacted and updated.

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    I was going to say chair-holder, but I think that's just a variant of post-holder.
    – IQAndreas
    Apr 1, 2014 at 22:26
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This might be too late, but you're probably looking for the word office-bearers.

a person holding a position of authority in an organization

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Office holder?

But not every position is considered an office. Go ahead and coin position holder. ;-)

I agree with Peter's comment:

You're asking for a very general word, yet your dissatisfaction with the answers below suggest you have a particular situation in mind. Just be clear about your actual context, and you'll get a better suggestion.

Your template is too general, and doesn't make much sense to me:

All of the relevant _______ should be promptly contacted and updated.

If you are talking about people, how would they be "updated"? I can see that the positions, or information about the positions (e.g. who holds them) might be updated. But by saying "contacted" you clearly are not looking for a words such as positions.

In sum, if you cannot really characterize what this is about (what you are looking for) then you are likely to be disappointed.

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Functionary

I think this might be the best option. I wonder if the word make sense in a variety of settings (e.g. government, corporate world, military, etc.)

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  • It could be, only you know what context you're using it in. I've never seen functionary used in the corporate world, and it's not a terribly flattering word. It tends to be used to describe foreign military bureaucrats.
    – milestyle
    Apr 1, 2014 at 22:02
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In business you would say stakeholder. Instead of shareholder, which just means people who own stock in the company, stakeholder means anyone who has a stake in the endeavor, including employees, customers, relevant community members etc.

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  • Thanks milestyle- but I don't think that's what we're looking for. A stakeholder, like you said, is anyone who has an interest in a company, a project, and so forth. Here, we're looking for someone who fills a function within an organization.
    – Ilanysong
    Apr 23, 2014 at 17:23
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I think you would just use the phrase - current X.

"Our current Vice-President is Tom."

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