Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has gone back to running the family business.
Haslam is returning to his role as CEO of Pilot Flying J, his Tennessee-based truck-stop empire, a move the Browns say will not affect his involvement with the rebuilding NFL franchise.
Haslam, who bought the Browns for $1 billion from Randy Lerner in August, had stepped down from Pilot Flying J in September when he hired former PepsiCo president John Compton. Haslam wanted to devote his energy into fixing the Browns, who have made just one playoff appearance since 1999 and have undergone numerous coaching and front-office changes.
However, on Monday, Pilot Flying J announced that Haslam will “reassume” his role as the company’s CEO and Compton will take a new position as strategic adviser to Pilot Flying J, the Browns and Haslam family.
Haslam’s decision is partly based on him hiring former Eagles president Joe Banner as the Browns’ new CEO. Last month, Haslam and Banner hired Mike Lombardi as vice president of player personnel.
Team spokesman Neal Gulkis said Haslam’s decision to go back to Pilot Flying J will have “no impact on the operations of the Browns nor will it affect Jimmy’s involvement with the team.”
Haslam noted in a release Compton’s skills in marketing, operating excellence and strategic thinking.
Gulkis said the team will tap into Compton’s expertise.