11 Oct 2016

£2.5m-a-Year Executive Quits Her Job after Her Children Said They don't See Her Enough

Ruby McGregor-Smith, 53, quit the boss of Mitie Group PLC, one of Britain’s biggest firms, to spend more time at home after one of her children told her: ‘I want my mum back," Daily Mail reports.

Ruby, Britain’s first Asian boss of the company, has spent nine years juggling her role as chief executive, with raising her two children. But yesterday, she announced plans to step down, saying this was partly influenced by the comments from her children.

Her resignation will reignite the debate over the challenges facing mothers struggling to balance work and home life. She said: ‘I always thought ten years would be long enough in the role.

When I started my children were aged eight and ten and now one is at university and the other doing A-levels. We talked to the children about me leaving the job last year and both said they want more time with me. Being a mum of two young people was always something I had to juggle with work. It’s been really tough."

When she took the top job at Mitie in 2007, her husband Graham, 54, stepped back from his job working in private equity to spend more time at home. He also retrained as a baritone opera singer.

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