An Executive Assistant or EA is usually a PA at a senior executive level supporting CEOs or C-level executives. Usually an Executive Assistant will offer 1:1 support, although they may support 2 or 3 principals depending on the role.
As well as managing their principal’s entire professional diary the EA may take on private PA tasks as well as dealing with highly confidential matters often acting on their director’s behalf.
They sometimes are available outside of working hours too and offer continuous and high level support to fix complex and sensitive situations with their principal’s best interest in mind. They can sometimes manage other PA’s and play a part in the hiring & training process. They also offer invaluable advice to their principal and offer both professional and personal support during tougher times.