Jo Whitfield, chief executive of Co-op food, has made an unusual admission that most parents will identify with.
She said will step away from the business from May to help her two sons study for their GCSEs and A-Levels.
Whitfield, who took home £1.4m in 2020 according to the company’s annual report, will take four-month unpaid leave.
Whitfield said her family decided “that in order to prepare for the inevitable pressure and emotional turmoil that would involve, that when the time came, I would look to spend more time with them to ease the challenge”.
“I can take this time away reassured by the knowledge we have a strong food leadership team who will keep moving our Co-op forward, working with support and guidance from Steve Murrells, our Co-op chief executive,” she added.