Executive Sponsor Definition

Executive sponsor (also called project sponsor) is the person that is ultimately responsible for the project within a company. Sometimes this role is held by the project manager, but ideally it is held by someone in senior management.

Typically, the executive sponsor is responsible for:

  • Championing the project.
  • Obtaining budget approval for the project.
  • Accepting responsibility for problems escalated by the project manager.
  • Signing off documents such as the business case and project initiation document.

A good executive sponsor is also a good problem solver, but is also someone that has the business savvy and reputation to exert pressure within an organization to overcome resistance to the project.

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