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10/08/2004
Jeff Cornish, a 14-year veteran of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Travel Centers LLC, who played a key role in two mergers and helped build the company from a $250 million operation to a $7 billion nationwide enterprise, has resigned. Mitch Steenrod, who has served as comptroller for Pilot for the past three years, replaces Cornish, most recently senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief information officer, as the company's CFO. Steenrod was brought into the company by Marathon Ashland Petroleum, which partnered with Pilot Corp. in 2001 to launch Pilot Travel Centers as a 50-50 joint venture.

While at Pilot, Cornish oversaw the Pilot/Marathon deal as well as a $190 million acquisition by Pilot Travel Centers of Williams TravelCenters Inc. in 2003 and raised more than $1 billion in capital to fund Pilot's growth. In 2002, Cornish added the title of chief information officer to his duties, overseeing the launch of a company-wide network connecting Pilot stores to headquarters.

In other news, Amerada Hess Corp. has named Brian J. Bohling senior vice president of human resources. Bohling succeeds Neal Gelfand, who is retiring from Amerada Hess after 25 years of service. Bohling has more than 20 years experience in the human resources field and has worked in senior positions with Allied Signal and General Electric. Most recently Bohling served American Standard Cos. as vice president, human resources.

Also, Bill Karlen has joined Executive Leadership Solutions Inc. as an account executive, said Brian Wright, managing partner of the Fort Myers, Fla.-based convenience store, gasoline and travel center industry executive recruitment firm. For the last two years, Karlen worked as a senior recruiting specialist for a firm doing business in the c-store industry.