Pilot Company has named Brad Anderson as its new chief operating officer, a company spokesperson confirmed.
Anderson officially began his new role in August. As COO, he leads the overall strategy for Pilot’s retail and food operations across its entire network of brands, the spokesperson said. This includes overseeing Pilot’s travel centers, as well as its owned and operated restaurants.
This marks the third major executive change Pilot has made in recent months. In May, Adam Wright and Joe Lillo took over as the convenience retailer’s new CEO and CFO, respectively, succeeding former CEO Shameek Konar and former CFO Kevin Wills.
Pilot’s executive restructuring comes as the company continues its New Horizons initiative, a chainwide update that includes major investments in store remodels, electric vehicle charging, expanded kitchens and more.
Anderson joined Pilot in 2019 in the company’s field operations department, before becoming a division vice president in 2020, according to his LinkedIn bio. He was named zone vice president in 2021 and senior vice president of operations this past March.
Prior to joining Pilot, Anderson spent 17 years with Brunswick Corporation, a marine recreation firm, where he held several positions, ranging from a business analyst for mergers and acquisitions all the way up to president and general manager.
“Brad focuses on delivering operational excellence by creating a winning team member experience, delivering exceptional guest experiences and driving sales to grow Pilot Company,” the spokesperson said.
Knoxville, Tennessee-based Pilot is the largest travel center company in the U.S. with more than 870 locations across 44 states and six Canadian provinces. The retailer is a majority owned subsidiary of multinational holding company Berkshire Hathaway.