virtual manager
n. A manager who directs employees from a remote location such as home or a central office

Example Citations:
Mike Juby is a typical new-style homeworker. He lives and works from an old detached Victorian house in the Norfolk countryside. A virtual manager for Syncordia Solutions, he is responsible for a team of more than a hundred people dispersed around the UK.
—Helen Wilkinson, “Homeworking: Get Out of the House More,” The Independent, October 31, 1999

The “virtual manager” who relies mainly on voicemail or e-mail to stay in touch with employees may be failing his/her staff by providing inadequate face time, according to a recent nationwide survey developed by RHI Consulting.
—“Virtual manager,” MIDRANGE Systems, May 1, 2000

Earliest Citation:
These ideas can help you start along the road toward becoming a virtual manager.
——Joanie M. Wexler, “Ties that Bind; Mobile technologies are luring your workers onto the road by the thousands. It’s your job to help them survive in ‘the virtual corporation’,” Computerworld, June 28, 1993

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