Pilot Flying J President Leaves Truck Stop Chain
KNOXVILLE, TN — Pilot Flying J’s President, Mark Hazelwood has left the company, according to reports from Knoxville Metro Pulse newspaper, which tweeted out a screenshot of an email between the truck stop’s CEO Jimmy Haslam and employees.
“Effective immediately, Mark Hazelwood is no longer with Pilot Flying J. Please join me in thanking him for his many years of service. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors,” Haslam allegedly wrote in an email to his employees.
Pilot Flying J has not publicly offered a reason for the departure. WAVE TV tried to get a comment, but Pilot Flying J officials said the company does not comment on personnel matters.
Meantime, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Scott Wombold, who served as the vice president of national accounts and was supervised by Hazelwood has also left the company.
The news comes out 13 months after the truck stop chain was raided by federal agents as part of a criminal investigation into allegations that the company purposely withheld rebates from fuel purchases by trucking companies in order to inflate Pilot’s profits.
Since April 2013, at least 10 current or former Pilot Flying J employees have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the investigation but have not been sentenced.
Pilot Flying J and CEO Jimmy Haslam has denied any wrongdoing or knowledge of such an alleged scheme, despite settling a class action lawsuit late last year worth nearly $85 million. The company continues to face lawsuits by those who elected not to take part in the settlement.
For more coverage of the lawsuit, see Today’s Trucking’s coverage:
With files from Evan Lockridge.