Chief executive (gubernatorial)

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For other uses of the title, see CEO and Head of government.

Chief Executive is a term used for certain gubernatorial offices, expressing the nature of their job being analogous to a head of government. Commonly used to refer to Presidential powers given by the constitution. As Chief Executive the president can: implement policy, supervise executive branch of government, prepare executive budget for submission to congress, and appoint and remove executive officials

While in most cases there is another specific style, such as governor-general, governor, lieutenant governor, there are a few offices formally styled Chief Executive:

  • In the two special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China, which were previously under British and Portuguese rule until the transfer of sovereignty in late 20th century, the chief executive are the political and executive leaders of the regions and of their respective governments:
Title Created Superseded / defunct
Chief Executive of Hong Kong 1997 Governor of Hong Kong
Chief Executive of Macau 1999 Governor of Macau
  • In Mauritius, on Rodrigues island, since 12 October 2002 autonomy was granted:
Term Name Party
24 October 2002 - 23 October 2004 Claude Wong So Non-party
24 October 2004 - 20[clarification needed] Jean-Claude Pierre-Louis Non-party


  • The head of government in the Falkland Islands is known as the Chief Executive.
  • Historically, the head of government of the Ryukyu Islands was known as the Chief Executive. The functions were largely superseded by that of the Governor of the Okinawa Prefecture upon retrocession of the islands to Japan as a prefecture.

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