Is it proper to say John Smith is the CEO of ABC Company or John Smith is the CEO at ABC Company?


This tends to follow a convention of whether the position is definite or indefinite.

Ted's an important person; he's a CEO at ABC.
The CEO of ABC made an important statement today.

We also see "at" when highlighting a position within a subdivision of an organization.

He's the President of Human Resources at ABC.

  • I don't think I've ever heard of a CEO "at" a company; by definition, there's only one CEO, the CEO of that company. – JeffSahol Apr 23 '15 at 1:46
  • You probably have had no reason to refer to a CEO as an indefinite noun. This is because there is normally only one CEO, as you point out. In my example, the use of a is to highlight Ted's type of job: he's an executive, he's a farmhand, he's a CEO. Another example: "A CEO at ABC is responsible for five times as many people as as a CEO at TBS." – Cord Apr 23 '15 at 9:16
  • that last example in your comment makes much more sense to me, @Cord – JeffSahol Apr 23 '15 at 18:37

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