TravelCenters of America Welcomes Debi Boffa as New Chief Executive Officer

October 2023

WESTLAKE, OH…  TravelCenters of America Inc. is pleased to announce that Debi Boffa will begin her tenure as Chief Executive Officer effective September 1, 2023. Ms. Boffa was appointed TA’s CEO-Designate in May 2023 upon the acquisition of TA by bp. She succeeds Jonathan Pertchik, who served as TA CEO since 2019 and led the company through a period of transformative financial growth and positioned TA for the future of alternative fuels.

Debi is a seasoned management executive, with over 25 years of experience with bp. She has worked across many sectors, including engineering, retail, sales, marketing and operations. Most recently, Debi served as President of both bp’s Retail Operating Organization and Thorntons LLC, leading the integration of bp’s ampm business with Thorntons while concurrently overseeing the operations of more than 1,200 convenience stores nationwide.

“Debi brings a wealth of experience in the retail convenience space with a proven ability to integrate businesses while driving growth,” said Greg Franks, senior vice president, mobility & convenience Americas, bp. “TA has a national footprint that provides fuel and services for both professional drivers and passenger car guests while on the road. This network will be critical as we adapt to meet customer’s evolving needs for electric vehicles, biofuels and hydrogen. Debi is a trusted leader, and I look forward to her leading TA into the future as part of bp.”

bp closed on its acquisition of TravelCenters of America on May 15. Its more than 280 travel centers will keep the TA, Petro and TA Express brand names. The transaction provides bp the opportunity to expand and continue to develop convenience and mobility offers through four of bp’s five transition growth engines: electric-vehicle charging, biofuels, hydrogen and convenience.

“I am excited to lead TA through its next chapter as a new member of the bp family of brands,” said Boffa. “We have strong growth opportunities and I look forward to working with our team members to provide guests with the fuel, food, truck maintenance and other expert services they are accustomed to, while adapting to their changing needs and supporting them at every stage of their decarbonization journey.”

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