ex officio



Holding a position or membership due to the power or influence of one's office, and not by election or appointment. A chairperson, for example, can be an ex-officio member of all board appointed committees. Such positions and their attached voting and other privileges are detailed in the bylaws of the organization. Latin for, because of one's office.

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  • The main person in charge of the Co-op is Mr Smith. He is the ex officio chosen by the managing companies board of electors.

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  • When someone rises to the top of a company and has the power they have become the ex officio that wields the big stick.

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  • From my understanding, those willing to donate the most time and money receive ex officio appointments as acting members of our board.

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