Not even six months after stepping down to focus his efforts on his ownership of the Cleveland Browns, Jimmy Haslam III has decided to return to his role of CEO of Pilot Flying J.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Haslam said he “missed” being CEO of Pilot Flying J. John Compton, the former PepsiCo president, was announced as CEO of the company in September. At this time, Haslam’s resignation was considered a sign that he would be involved more within the day-to-day operations of the Browns, signaling a vast change from that of the team’s previous owner Randy Lerner.
“[This move is]not about John,” said Haslam. “This is about me realizing my first love is running Pilot Flying J and wanting to return to that job.”
Compton will reportedly work as a strategic adviser to Pilot Flying J, the Browns and the Haslam family.
“I am thrilled to work with Jimmy on the strategic opportunities facing our companies,” said Compton via press release. “I have greatly enjoyed working directly with the Pilot Flying J teams and look forward to assisting the Cleveland Browns as well. My family and I are proud to call Knoxville our home and we look forward to a long-term relationship with Jimmy and the Haslam family.”