Co-op CEO Jo Whitfield takes hiatus to support sons’ exam preparation

Co-op CEO Jo Whitfield has announced that she will be taking a hiatus from her role to support her sons’ exam preparation. This decision has been met with widespread support and admiration, as it highlights the importance of family and education.

Whitfield, who has been CEO of the Co-op’s food business since 2017, has been a vocal advocate for work-life balance and flexible working arrangements. Her decision to take time off to support her sons’ education is a testament to her commitment to these values.

In a statement, Whitfield said: “As a mother, I know how important it is to support our children during their exams. I want to be there for my sons and help them in any way I can. This means taking a step back from my role at the Co-op for a short period of time.”

Whitfield’s decision has been praised by many, including the Co-op’s Group CEO, Steve Murrells. He said: “Jo is an exceptional leader and a fantastic role model. Her decision to take a hiatus to support her sons’ education is a testament to her commitment to her family and her values. We fully support her decision and look forward to welcoming her back when she is ready.”

The Co-op has a strong track record of supporting its employees’ work-life balance and family commitments. The company offers flexible working arrangements, including part-time and job-sharing roles, and has a range of family-friendly policies in place.

Whitfield’s decision to take a hiatus is a reminder that family and education should always come first. It is a powerful example of how leaders can prioritize their personal values and still be successful in their careers.

As Whitfield takes time off to support her sons, she will undoubtedly inspire others to do the same. Her decision is a reminder that success is not just about career achievements, but also about the relationships we build and the values we uphold.