PepsiCo President John Compton named CEO of Pilot Flying J

PepsiCo President John Compton named CEO of Pilot Flying J

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John Compton (source: PepsiCo) John Compton (source: PepsiCo)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - PepsiCo President John Compton will become chief executive officer of Pilot Flying J, the company announced Tuesday.

Jimmy Haslam has served as CEO of Pilot since 1994. He will become chairman of Pilot Flying J and Maxum Petroleum. His father, Jim Haslam, who founded the company in 1958, will be titled founder and chairman emeritus.

Compton is a native Tennessean and a 1983 graduate of the University of Tennessee.

After he graduated from college, Compton began his PepsiCo career working at a Frito-Lay plant in Pulaski, Tennessee. He held numerous leadership positions there, eventually becoming vice chairman and president of the salty snacks division.

Compton later became CEO of Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade based in Chicago.

In March, Compton was named president of PepsiCo, where he guided the company's global business units and functions.

PepsiCo, with revenues exceeding $66 billion is the second largest food and beverage company in the world.

Compton has been actively involved at UT, serving on the business school dean's advisory board for the past 12 years. The College of Business named him a Distinguished Alumni in 2010.

One year later, UT gave Compton its highest alumni honor by naming him distinguished alumnus.

He and his wife, Cindy, were leaders in the Campaign for Tennessee. Compton is a member of the board of directors of First Horizon Corp., Tennessee's largest banking institution.

The Compton family will soon relocate to the Knoxville area.

Pilot Flying J is one of the largest privately held companies in the nation. Jimmy Haslam recently became the new owner of the Cleveland Browns football team.

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