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Pilot Flying J president leaves company

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In a development that is catching plenty of attention but has implications that aren’t immediately clear, the billion-dollar truck-stop company owned by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has parted ways with president Mark Hazelwood.

Per multiple reports, Pilot Flying J employees were informed of the move on Monday via internal memo.

It’s possible (emphasis on “possible”) that Hazelwood has left the company in advance of the announcement of a plea bargain with federal officials.  Hazelwood is the highest-ranking employee of the company whose voice was captured on microphone by an informant who worked with federal officials to compile incriminating evidence.

Since an out-of-the-blue raid of company facilities in April 2013, the federal government has procedure multiple guilty pleas from Pilot Flying J employees.  Each have agreed to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.

Hazelwood becomes the latest key employee who has departed a company run by Haslam in the last two years.  It remains to be seen whether the door keeps revolving at a high rate of speed at either or both of his companies.

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14 Responses to “Pilot Flying J president leaves company”
  1. cometkazie says: May 19, 2014 6:58 PM

    Flying J is fixing to fly into the ground, sounds like.

  2. slobberknocker says: May 19, 2014 7:04 PM

    Hazelwood informed authorities that Jimmy told him to:

    “Pull the trigger.”

  3. ytownjoe says: May 19, 2014 7:10 PM

    Hey, if Haslam goes to jail, who’s going to pick the players?

  4. tonymontana45 says: May 19, 2014 7:29 PM

    So when is Haslam going to see some punishment. Looking at Sterling, I see some actual legal trouble…

  5. urbusted2 says: May 19, 2014 7:36 PM

    Pure speculation.

  6. kwjsb says: May 19, 2014 7:40 PM

    The CEO of a major corporation is not involved in the day to day accounting and marketing.

  7. stlhomeboy says: May 19, 2014 8:45 PM

    Hiring Johnny Truckstop in hopes of turning things around.

  8. clownsfan says: May 19, 2014 9:39 PM

    Don’t worry about Jimmy. He’s gonna be just fine.

  9. camdenyard says: May 19, 2014 9:51 PM

    This fish rots from the tail up. Jimmy’s time is coming…

  10. davikes says: May 19, 2014 10:30 PM

    Accountants and marketing people don’t commit massive fraud without the owner/CEO’s approval. Jimmy is gonna watch Johnny on the prison TV.

  11. millikensteeler says: May 19, 2014 11:03 PM

    You guys crack me up. Jimmy was heard in meetings making incriminating comments.

    We will see what happens in the very near future. Jimmy ” The Rebate” Haslam can fire the other two stooges and remove the President of Flying J however, the stench isn’t off his hands either.

  12. vikingferd says: May 20, 2014 11:46 AM

    Could we be looking at a “Donald Sterling-like” ouster of Jimmy Haslam? I think Roger Goodell would drop tha hammer on the Browns owner.

  13. thejimthorpejamsession says: May 20, 2014 1:43 PM

    Hazelwood? Wasn’t that also the name of the captain of the Exxon Valdez that so infamously slathered the Alaskan coastline with oil muck? What is it about the name Hazelwood and oil/fuel-related infamy?

  14. photog645 says: May 21, 2014 12:43 PM

    Someone big in this company has to go to prison and you KNOW that it isn’t going to be Haslam! I wonder what Haslam has promised Hazelwood to keep him from dumping Haslam in? It will be interesting to see the sentence that Hazelwood draws from the court system.

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