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A chief executive of Europe's largest online fashion site has announced plans to step down from his role, saying his wife's "professional ambitions should take priority".

Rubin Ritter has been co-chief executive of Zalando since 2010.

The company, which began as a Berlin-based start-up 12 years ago, now has 36 million customers and recorded revenue of €6.5bn (£5.8bn) last year.

He will step down in May, cutting short a contract that runs to late-2023.

"My wife and I have agreed that for the coming years, her professional ambitions should take priority," Mr Ritter said in a statement.

"I want to devote more time to my growing family. After more than 11 amazing years where Zalando has been my priority, I feel that it is time to give my life a new direction."

The company declined to name Mr Ritter's wife or her occupation. But it said the couple had one child and were expecting another in early 2021.

Mr Ritter, 38, earned €6.8m in 2019 and €20.2m in 2018, making him one of Germany's highest paid executives.

Zalando's other two bosses, Robert Gentz and David Schneider, will continue to lead the company, the firm said.