Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

He was appointed as the President of the company.

He was appointed President of the company.


"to appoint" does not require (and, in fact, is usually not used with) the preposition "as". This means that both sentences are correct.

However, "He was appointed President of the company." is vastly more commonly used. The same also applies for chairmen and leaders.


This is good question (+1).

The article the is not usually used in the complement of a sentence when we want to say that someone gained some position even though it's the only position in the organization. Compare this -

He was elected President in 1879 OVER I want to see the President.

Clearly, the second sentence is preferred.

He was appointed President of the company.

Additional remark: In this case, appointed is used as a verb (it's an adjective as well) and thus it does not take as. Very good point by Josh51/ FEichinger

  • 1
    Oh, wow, I actually missed that, too, and only focused on the preposition. You're right, of course, the article is also usually omitted.
    – user98085
    Mar 31 '14 at 7:19
  • @FEichinger no worries. we miss at times. I missed (but now edited) the very imp as matter.
    – Maulik V
    Mar 31 '14 at 7:32

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