(Knoxville, TN) - Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam has his old job back.
Less than six months after hiring a top-ranking cola executive to run Pilot Flying J, Knoxnews.com reports that Jimmy Haslam is moving back into the corner office.
The Knoxville-based chain of truck stops and travel centers announced today that Haslam is returning to the role of CEO. He replaces John Compton, the former PepsiCo president whose hiring was announced in September.
Haslam said today that he missed being CEO of Pilot Flying J, and noted that a team of executives has been hired to run the Cleveland Browns since he bought the team last year.
The change at Pilot Flying J, he said, was "not about John." "This is about me realizing my first love is running Pilot Flying J and wanting to return to that job," Haslam said.
Haslam bought the Browns last year from Randy Lerner and has been quite visible at the team HQ in Berea and at Browns game.
Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said Haslam's decision to return to Pilot Flying J "will have no impact on the operations of the Browns nor will it affect Jimmy's involvement with the team."
It's not clear how Haslam will split his time between Knoxville and his recently purchased home in Bratenahl.
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