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Soon-to-be Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III steps down as CEO of Pilot Flying J

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 12, 2012

Jimmy Haslam III is not yet the official owner of the Browns, but he has already shown he’s all in with the organization.

Haslam stepped down as the CEO of his family’s truck-stop empire, Pilot Flying J, and will assume the role of chairman, the company announced Tuesday. John Compton, president of PepsiCo, will replace Haslam as CEO of Pilot Flying J.

Haslam struck a deal Aug. 2 to buy the Browns from Randy Lerner for about $1 billion. The purchase is expected to be approved by NFL owners when they vote Oct. 16 during their meeting in Chicago.

Haslam has already shown he'll be hands-on with the Browns. He has attended several practices, a few preseason games and the Browns' regular-season opener Sunday.

Haslam has served as CEO of Pilot since 1994.

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