Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is stepping down as CEO of Pilot Flying J after roughly 18 years filling the role, as Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan reports. He's being replaced by John Compton, who stepped down as president of PepsiCo Inc. last week.
For Browns fans, this could be considered a positive development, as Haslam should now have significantly more time to run his new football franchise. That could be a stark contrast from the team's previous ownership headed by Randy Lerner, who never had a reputation for being deeply committed to running the organization.
Since agreeing to purchase the team from Lerner on Aug. 9, Haslam has already shown a serious commitment to Browns football. Beyond hiring former Eagles president Joe Banner and stepping down as Pilot Flying J CEO, Haslam was present during coach Pat Shurmur's post-game press conference last Sunday.
Pilot Flying J is a company based in Knoxville, Tenn., that operates a chain of truck stops across North America that generates more than $30 billion in revenue annually.
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