Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam Once Again CEO of Pilot Flying J

There are many reasons as to why Browns owner Jimmy Haslam would go back to being the CEO at Pilot Flying J, a position he left six months ago in order to focus on a team he spent $1 billion on. Maybe he really did miss the company. Or maybe he finally grasped the perpetual ineptitude of the franchise he purchased.

Either way, Haslam’s 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,” according to team spokesman Neal Gulkis.

Haslam told the Knoxville News Sentinel that stepping away made him realize how much he missed running the business.

“It’s not at all about John [Compton, the CEO who replaced Haslam], it’s more about Jimmy having a change of heart in terms of what he wanted to do…I realize people will look at it in different ways but that’s the reality,” Haslam said.

That being said, it’s admirable that Haslam wants to return to a job he loves so much. All of us should be so lucky. And if it doesn’t interfere with him owning the Browns (and it shouldn’t, not with CEO Joe Banner in charge), more power to him.

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  • William M Klepper

    Being a manager means job one is to pick and start training your replacement so the business flows normally should you drop dead tomorrow. Stepping away from his CEO position made him realize there were still things he needed to do with Pilot Flying J. The Browns are a diversion, one he wants very earnestly to see succeed. Never-the-less, it is a diversion. Let’s face it, besides a few days here and there, there is not much for an owner to do in the off-season. The old football saying, “Don’t worry about what you can’t control, just what you can.” And, he can control Pilot Flying J very well.