The boss of Britain's second-biggest housebuilder Persimmon is to step down after the board said criticism of his multi-million pound bonus was a continuing distraction that had hit the company's reputation.
Jeff Fairburn was the highest paid FTSE-100 chief executive in the financial year ending 2017, receiving 47.1 million pounds ($62 million), more than 20 times his pay in 2016, largely due to a long-term incentive plan dating back to 2012.
His total bonus package was originally worth around 100 million pounds, dependent on the firm's share price, but was scaled back earlier this year to roughly 75 million pounds in the face of media criticism.
He had hoped to draw a line under the issue with plans to also set up a charitable trust.
But just a few weeks ago, Fairburn hit the headlines again after refusing to answer questions from a journalist about the size of his pay packet.
"It is clearly now in the best interests of Persimmon that I should step down," he said.