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Definition of

company secretary

Corporate Governance

UK firm's senior administrative officer a senior employee in an organization with director status and administrative and legal authority. The appointment of a company secretary is a legal requirement for most limited companies, except the smallest. A company secretary can also be a board secretary with appropriate qualifications. In the United Kingdom, many company secretaries are members of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

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Definitions of ’company secretary’ and meaning of ’company secretary’ are from the book publication, QFINANCE – The Ultimate Resource, © 2009 Bloomsbury Information Ltd. Find definitions for ’company secretary’ and other financial terms with our online QFINANCE Financial Dictionary.

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