When do you capitalize position titles?

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Should the words, presidents, partners and founders be capitalized in the following sentence?

 

Executive International is a company that establishes and operates peer advisory groups for CEOs, Presidents, Partners and Founders of privately held businesses with revenues of $4M or greater throughout the world.

capitalization asked Jun 27 '12 at 13:23 Carol Fehrman New member

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No, presidents, partners, and founders are not capitalized in your sentence. In general, titles (offices, ranks, etc.) are capitalized only when they occur immediately prior to a personal name.

 

There are a few exceptions to this rule. The Chicago Manual of Style says "In promotional or ceremonial contexts such as a displayed list of donors in the front matter of a nook or a list of corporate officers in an annual report, titles are usually capitalized even when following a personal name. Exceptions may also be called for in other contexts for reasons of courtesy or diplomacy." And also "much of [Chicago's guidance] is contradicted by the official literature typically generated by political offices .... In formal academic prose, however, civil title are capitalized only when used as part of the name."

link comment answered Jun 27 '12 at 15:56 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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