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Tue May 20, 2014

Pilot President And Another Executive Gone From Company

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

More than a year after a federal investigation into fraud at Pilot Flying J was made public, the company's president abruptly left, as did a second executive.

Company president Mark Hazelwood "is no longer with Pilot Flying J," according to a brief e-mail written by Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam on Monday. Haslam's message did not specify why Hazelwood was gone, nor whether he left on his own or was fired.

Hazelwood was one of a number of senior executives named in a 2013 federal affidavit as having knowledge of or participating in a long running fraud scheme that skimmed money from fuel rebates intended for Pilot's commercial clients. Hazelwood was never formally charged, and he was not among ten Pilot employees that have since pleaded guilty for their roles in the scheme.

Hazelwood had been Pilot president for less than two years. He was promoted from his previous role as executive vice president in September 2012.

Scott Wombold, a former vice president of national accounts, was also apparently let go from Pilot on Monday, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. At the time of the federal affidavit in April 2013, Wombold reported to Hazelwood.