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Pilot Flying J Announces Knoxville Kevin Wills As CFO




Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, recently announced that Kevin Wills will join the company as chief financial officer in February 2019.

“With 30-plus years in retail, professional services and utilities, Kevin has the right expertise to contribute immediately to the company’s success in a significant way,” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J. “His strong financial background will be critical to supporting our goal of being a great place to work and a great place to shop, as well as helping us deliver on making a better day for our guests.” Wills will oversee day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities. In addition, he will continue to drive financial accountability in all areas of Pilot Flying J. Some of his duties include direct responsibility for company-wide financial operations, accounting, finance, forecasting, strategic planning, deal analysis, negotiations, procurement and aviation.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to join Pilot Flying J, a company that I have long admired,” Wills said. “It has a longstanding track record of excellence, and I am proud to join this talented team and organization. My focus will be to identify and manage growth opportunities while helping take the company to the next level as an industry-leading travel center operator and retailer. I’m looking forward to ensuring the company’s financial success by leading data-driven decisions and metric-driven accountability.”

Wills joins Pilot Flying J from Tapestry, Inc., (NYSE: TPR), New York, where he is chief financial officer, serves on the executive committee and has responsibility for all financial operations. Prior to Tapestry Inc., he worked at AlixPartners, New York, as chief financial officer and was responsible for global financial operations. He also worked at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

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