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Senior Executives and General Manager in China

Under Article 216 of the Company Law, senior executives in China include the general manager, deputy general manager, chief financial officer, and other personnel designated by the company’s articles of association.


Within the framework of the Company Law of China, companies have the authority to establish key managerial positions through their Articles of Association. While the role of a general manager is mandatory, supplementary positions can be established and filled by the executive director to meet the company's specific needs, such as deputy general manager, CEO, CFO, and other senior management roles essential for daily operations.


The general manager is answerable to the executive director and is tasked with the following duties and responsibilities as outlined in the Company Law of China:

  • Overseeing the company's production and business operations and executing resolutions passed by the board of directors.

  • Coordinating and executing the annual business plan and investment strategies of the company.

  • Developing internal management structures and foundational management policies.

  • Crafting company regulations and policies.

  • Recommending the appointment or dismissal of deputy managers or financial controllers.

  • Making decisions regarding the appointment or dismissal of management personnel, except for those roles reserved for the board of directors or executive director.

  • Fulfilling any other responsibilities delegated by the executive director.


Additionally, the director has the authority, as per the Company Law of China, to define the specific duties of a general manager in the Articles of Association, which supersedes the aforementioned provisions.


Under Chinese law, the general manager and other senior management members are classified as regular employees of the company and are generally not held accountable for the company's debts or civil liabilities unless they are directly involved in the misconduct leading to civil penalties against the company.


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