Edna Morris Recognized on 2018 Most Influential Corporate Directors List
Solomon Partners Senior Advisor Edna Morris has been named to Women Inc. Magazine’s 2018 Most Influential Corporate Directors list.
The 2018 list features a comprehensive directory of influential female directors, executives, influencers and achievers who are currently serving on the boards of S&P 500/Big-Cap publicly held companies and making impacts through their leadership.
Edna joined Solomon Partners in 2017 as a Senior Advisor to the firm’s Food Retail & Restaurants Group. Edna has over 40 years of leadership experience that includes positions of influence with some of the most well-known restaurant groups and organizations in the United States. She has served as President of Red Lobster (then owned by Darden Restaurants), Blue Coral Seafood & Spirits (then owned by OSI Inc), Quincy’s Family Steakhouse and the James Beard Foundation. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Tractor Supply Company and has previously served on the Boards of Cosi, Inc., Einstein Noah and on the Board of Trustees for the Culinary Institute of America. She is also the founding Chair of Women’s Foodservice Forum and will co-chair their 30th annual leadership conference in 2019.
Edna has been the recipient of several industry accolades, including the MUFSO Golden Chain Award, the Women’s Foodservice Forum’s Trailblazer Award, the Foodservice Council for Women’s Beacon Award, an Elliot Mentor Award and named an NRN Power Player. She is a frequent speaker at industry and Board related events.
In her current role as a Managing Director at private equity firm Axum Capital Partners, Edna leads the restaurant strategy practice and serves as an Industry Expert for the firm’s restaurant portfolio companies (Wild Wing Cafe, Back Yard Burgers). She is also the Chief Executive Officer, founder and a partner of CityRange, two chef-driven casual dining restaurants.