WESTLAKE, Ohio — TravelCenters of America Inc. has hired fuel and oil industry expert Jeff Burrell joins the company as senior vice president of fuel, the latest senior executive brought on board as part of the company’s recently announced strategic reorganization.
Burrell will lead the company in all aspects of fuel purchasing and operations, including contracting, retail pricing and exploration and testing of new fuel-related ventures. He replaces Mark Dansizen, who is retiring from the organization, but will continue to serve as a senior advisor and assist in the transition.
With more than 20 years of industry experience, Burrell previously served as a global vice president for Circle K and its parent Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Laval, Quebec, a multinational operator of more than 15,000 convenience stores. He was responsible for all of Circle K’s global fuel sourcing, brand and terminal strategy, supply and trading and consumer forecourt experience at its sites. He also spent more than a decade in leadership positions at BP, including COO of the company’s West Coast ampm and Arco business. He also led fuel sales for BP’s largest national accounts in North America. Burrell started his oil industry career overseeing regional operations for Sunoco, Dallas.
“Jeff’s arrival is yet another deliberate and strategic step we are taking to position our company for growth and success during this time of transformation. He will challenge the company to test new ways of driving efficiency and value in its high-volume fuel business to help pass savings and efficiencies to our fleets, drivers and leisure travelers,” said Jon Pertchik, CEO of TA.
Westlake, Ohio-based TravelCenters of America has more than 260 locations in 44 states and Canada, principally under the TA, Petro Stopping Centers and TA Express brands. The company operates nearly 650 full-service and quick-service restaurants and 10 proprietary brands, including Quaker Steak and Lube, Iron Skillet and Country Pride.