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Pilot Co. Adds New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader

Retailer launches new women’s, veterans business resource groups, more
Angie Cody Pilot
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Co. is moving its newly established Team Member Experience (TMX) department forward with the addition of a new key leader: Angie Cody, director of inclusion, diversity and equity (DE&I). In this new leadership position, she will create strategic programs that foster a more inclusive environment among team members.

“We’re proud to employ nearly 30,000 team members who come from amazingly diverse backgrounds and experiences,” said Paul Shore, chief people officer of Pilot. “Our company’s success is driven by the strength of our team, which is why this position is central to delivering an exceptional, inclusive and well-rounded experience.”

Cody will oversee and expand upon opportunities to create a more inclusive workplace. She will manage current inclusion, diversity, equity and awareness (IDEA) efforts, craft strategic action plans for the advancement of an accessible, equitable and inclusive work environment, and help increase the company’s diversity recruitment pipeline. Under her leadership, Pilot recently launched five new business resource groups—Emerging Leaders, Building Relationships in Diverse Group Environments (BRIDGE), Pride of Pilot, Women of Pilot and Veterans of Pilot—to help educate and inform diversity change efforts across the company.

Since joining earlier this summer, Cody has helped move the needle on improvements to support workforce opportunity, including a new IDEA Council comprised of 15 senior leaders who represent different areas within the business. Those efforts and new implementations have been recognized by the American Trucking Associations, who recently awarded Pilot Co. with their DEI Change Leader Award.

“Our company is on a journey to continue advancing the overall team member experience, and DEI is an incredibly important part of that roadmap,” said Cody. “Diversity strengthens our company as it expands our horizons and helps us learn from others’ perspectives to bring new ideas and initiatives that make Pilot Co. a more inclusive and welcoming place to work and shop.”

Cody brings to the company more than a decade of experience in building and leading global inclusion, diversity and equity initiatives, including co-founding the St. Louis Diversity and Inclusion Consortium.

Cody is a United States Marine Corps veteran and is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) by the Society for Diversity. She relocated in 2022 to Knoxville, Tenn., from St. Louis with her wife, Becky.

  • Pilot is No. 12 on CSP’s 2022 Top 202 ranking of U.S. c-store chains by store count. 

With headquarters in Knoxville, Pilot has more than 800 retail and fueling locations and supplies more than 14 billion gallons of fuel per year to the market. Its Pilot and Flying J travel center network includes more than 750 locations in 44 states and six Canadian provinces with more than 790 restaurants, 75,000 truck parking spaces, 5,300 showers, 6,200 diesel lanes and truck maintenance and tire services with Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J. The One9 Fuel Network connects a variety of fueling locations to provide smaller fleets and independent professional drivers with value, convenience, credit and perks.

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