WESTLAKE, Ohio — TravelCenters of America Inc. (TA) has promoted Debi Boffa, CEO-designate since May upon the company's acquisition by BP Products North America Inc., to its full-time CEO, effective Sept. 1.
She succeeds Jonathan Pertchik, who was TA's CEO since 2019 and led the company through a period of financial growth and positioned TA for the future of alternative fuels.
Boffa has more than 25 years of experience with BP and has worked across many sectors, including engineering, retail, sales, marketing and operations, the company said.
Most recently, Boffa was president of both BP's retail operating organization and Thorntons L.L.C., leading the integration of BP's am/pm 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," Greg Franks, senior vice president, mobility and convenience Americas, BP, said.
"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."
Cleveland-based BP closed its acquisition of TravelCenters of America on May 15. The energy company plans to keep the TA, Petro and TA Express brand names active through its 280-plus travel centers network.
BP said the transaction provides it with 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.