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Pilot Company names James Chiu senior director of strategy, execution
April 19, 2021

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James Chiu, Pilot Company


KNOXVILLE – Pilot Company, the leading supplier of fuel and the largest operator of travel centers in North America, is increasing its focus on growing strategic partnerships and developing innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of its guests and the transportation sector. Pilot Company has promoted James Chiu to senior director of strategy and execution, reporting to CEO Shameek Konar.

“James has a great depth of expertise and experience in complex transactions, acquisitions, integration and managing strategic partnerships, especially within the energy sector,” Konar said. “His ability to analyze, connect and diversify our platforms in the transportation and energy sectors will help fuel Pilot Company’s growth and deliver value to our guest and customers.”

Bringing a strong background in investment and business development in the energy trading sector, Chiu joined Pilot Company in 2018, serving as senior director of crude logistics for Pilot Energy in Houston. Previous roles in origination, investments and mergers and acquisitions for Morgan Stanley & Co., Mercuria Energy Group and Castleton Commodities International took Chiu to multiple cities around the world, including New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Beijing and Geneva.

Chiu’s new role will leverage experience from these previous roles, such as the development of a strategic alliance between Pilot Company and Southern Tire Mart, which over the next three years will grow to approximately 200 points of service for commercial vehicle maintenance at Pilot Flying J travel centers across the United States. In addition, Chiu will utilize his expertise to support Pilot Company’s strategy in evolving fueling technologies, such as autonomous trucking and electric vehicles.

“Pilot Company is a sophisticated player that is succeeding in a complex ecosystem within the energy and logistics industries,” Chiu said. “The pressures of the past year have accelerated changes in the market, and our team is proactively addressing shifting logistics and consumption patterns. We are excited about what’s ahead and anticipate continued progress, transformation and growth for Pilot Company and the industry.”

As part of this change, Chiu and his wife, Chris, relocated to Knoxville, where the company is based. They are enjoying the many outdoor activities the region has to offer and look forward to establishing roots in Knoxville, which is home to “some of the most friendly, open and supportive people we’ve ever met,” Chiu said.

To learn more about Pilot Company and its family of brands, visit

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