Rush: Lynn Leaves Behind Legacy of Ethics in Oklahoma Business

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By Jessica Danker

Journal Record Staff Reporter

C. Stephen Lynn, former chief executive officer and chairman of Oklahoma City-based Sonic Corp., leaves behind an imprint of ethics in business in Oklahoma, according to an official of The State Chamber.

On Tuesday, an announcement was made saying Lynn was leaving Sonic to join Shoney's Inc. of Nashville as the company's new chairman and chief executive officer.

The appointment is effective immediately. Lynn will phase out of his present duties at Sonic and expects to be fully on board at Shoney's by early May, according to the Tennessee company.

"Our city and state will sorely miss his leadership," said Richard P. Rush, president and chief executive officer of The State Chamber.

Lynn "brought a level of ethics and credibility to every project that he undertook," Rush said.

Lynn was involved in many of the chamber's initiatives during 1992-1994 and served the business community statewide, according to Rush.

"He was one of the finest corporate citizens that I've worked with personally in 23 years of chamber work."

Lynn joined Sonic Corp. in 1983 as president and chief executive officer. In 1986, he became chairman of the board while keeping the position of chief executive officer.

Lynn was chairman of the board of directors at the chamber during 1994. …

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