Jimmy Haslam resumes role as CEO of Pilot Flying J

Jimmy Haslam resumes role as CEO of Pilot Flying J

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Jimmy Haslam (source: University of Tennessee) Jimmy Haslam (source: University of Tennessee)
John Compton (source: PepsiCo) John Compton (source: PepsiCo)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Jimmy Haslam has his old job back as chief executive officer of Pilot Flying J. He replaces John Compton, who was hired as CEO in September 2012.

Pilot Flying J is one of the largest privately held companies in the nation.

Haslam held the CEO position until shortly after he took over ownership of the NFL Cleveland Browns. The transaction was reportedly worth more than $1 billion.

Compton assumes a new role as strategic advisor to Pilot Flying J, the Cleveland Browns and the Haslam family.

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

In a statement released by Pilot Flying J, Haslam is quoted as saying the move allows Compton to provide strategic analysis and advice for Haslam's business interests.

"We think it makes sense to leverage John's skills across not only Pilot Flying J, but also the other businesses in which our family operates," Haslam said in the statement. "Accordingly, we have asked John to become a Strategic Advisor across all of our core businesses. John brings an excellent skill set in marketing, operating excellence and strategic thinking. These are skills that would benefit all of our businesses, not just Pilot Flying J."

Haslam's father, James, Jr., founded Pilot Travel Centers in 1958. It merged with Flying J, Inc. in 2010, making the company the nation's largest retail operator of travel centers and truck-stops. 

Jimmy's brother, Bill Haslam, is the governor of Tennessee and former mayor of Knoxville.

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