After purchasing a majority stake in the Cleveland Browns last August, Jimmy Haslam is now moving back to his former position with Pilot Flying J. The Browns owner will become the new CEO less than six months after the company hired John Compton, formerly the president of PepsiCo.
Haslam was a minority investor with the Pittsburgh Steelers prior to 2012, but he sold that stake to take over the Browns organization. He said on Tuesday he realized his first love was running Pilot Flying J and he wanted to return.
For the Browns, a team of executives has been hired to run the team. Compton will now serve as a strategic adviser for the franchise as well.
Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan spoke to a team official who said day-to-day operations will not be impacted, nor will Haslam's involvement with the team.
Chris Pokorny of Dawgs By Nature believes Haslam has put the staff he wants in place in Cleveland, and he doesn't expect his enthusiasm for the team to diminish at all. Browns fans shouldn't panic over the news.
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