WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, a former wrestler and daughter of the entertainment empire founders, announced Thursday she’s taking a leave of absence.
The announcement was made in a tweet on Thursday afternoon.
“As of tomorrow, I am taking a leave of absence from the majority of my responsibilities at WWE,” she wrote. “WWE is a lifelong legacy for me and I look forward to returning to the company that I love after taking this time to focus on my family.”
The McMahon family and Stephanie herself have been a part of wrestling for decades, spawning such brands as Raw, NXT, and SmackDown. Although challenged by upstarts, the WWE’s pay-per-view events are still huge draws and the television shows are consistent ratings winners.
McMahon has worked at the WWE since she was a young girl, getting into the family business full-time after graduating college. She began appearing on the air for the WWE (then known as the World Wrestling Federation) and was involved in several major storylines. She once held the WWF Women’s Championship, and engaged in a fabled “I Quit”match with father Vince McMahon.
She has sporadically cut back on TV appearances. She became chief brand officer in December 2013, working wih advertisers, media, business partners, and investors. She is married to fellow wrestler Triple H, aka Paul Levesque. The couple has three daughters.
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