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Edison Partners appoints first COO

Edison Partners, a growth equity firm, has promoted general partner, Kelly Ford, to become the first ever chief operating officer (COO) in its 36-year history.

In Ford’s new role, she oversees the firm’s operations, including the Edison Edge value creation platform, investment development, finance, portfolio operations and marketing. Her role is critical to the continued, consistent growth of Edison’s assets under management (AUM), Edison Edge capabilities and the Edison team.
In her more than eight years at Edison, Ford has worked with more than 55 portfolio companies, been involved in 15 financings, served as director at 11 companies, and pioneered the Edison Edge operating platform. Promoting Ford, a technology industry veteran turned growth equity investor, aligns with Edison’s belief that investing and operating experience is critical to growth-stage investing.
Ford’s appointment fulfils the need to increase the breadth and depth of the Edison senior team’s capabilities as the firm’s AUM increases. It is also a continuation of Edison’s momentum in 2022, which includes the final close of the Edison X fund; continued investment in underserved geographies such as Texas, Alabama and North Carolina; and the addition of five operating partners to support portfolio company growth and execution.

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