Chief Executive captured by strangely senile innkeeper (8)
I believe the answer is:
'innkeeper' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both people as well as being singular nouns.
Perhaps there's a link between them I don't understand?
'chief executive captured by strangely senile' is the wordplay.
'chief executive' becomes 'ce' (this could be a standard abbreviation which I don't know about).
'captured by' is an insertion indicator.
'strangely' indicates an anagram.
'senile' with letters rearranged gives 'linsee'.
'ce' inserted inside 'linsee' is 'LICENSEE'.
Can you help me to learn more?
(Other definitions for licensee that I've seen before include "Person allowed to sell drink" , "One able to sell alcohol" , "One holds official permission" , "One with permit to sell alcoholic drinks" , "one allowed to serve" .)