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Stephanie McMahon taking leave of absence from WWE

The longtime WWE executive is taking time off starting Friday.

WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon announced on Twitter Thursday that starting on Friday, May 20, she will be taking a leave of absence from the company.

The tweet reads: "As of tomorrow, I am taking a leave of absence from the majority of my responsibilities at WWE. 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."

It's unknown what responsibilities she will continue to retain in the interim.

The 45-year-old has been in the family business for more than two decades, starting in office work and eventually getting the job of heading up the creative team throughout most of the early-to-mid 2000s. 

She was also involved in many on-screen storylines with the McMahon family and husband, Paul "Triple H" Levesque throughout the years. She has even wrestled on several occasions, winning the then-Women's World title in 2000.

In 2007, she was promoted to executive vice president of creative and in 2013, she was promoted to her current role of chief brand officer. McMahon has been a face for WWE in corporate America, especially in the last several years, appearing on podcasts, speaking at conventions and business gatherings throughout the world.

She is a past winner of Forbes' Most Influential Female CMO award.

She and Levesque were married in October 2003 and have three daughters. The past year has been a challenging one for the family as Levesque suffered an early-September 2021 cardiac event that he nearly died from. The 52-year-old talked about the situation for the first time in March.