Meet New GCN Board Chair Edward Shartar
Welcome, and congratulations to Ed on his appointment! Read more from our official press release below:
The Georgia Center for Nonprofits announces Edward Shartar, Managing Director at Diversified Search, as the new Chair of its Board of Directors. Shartar, who most recently served as the Vice Chair, will serve a two-year term.
“Ed has served the past four years on our board very engaged in our work of improving communities across Georgia by making their nonprofits more powerful and impactful,” said Karen Beavor, President and CEO of GCN. “His background and passion for social enterprise will be vital to advancing our mission as we move forward.”
“My passion has always been to help people, organizations and through them, help communities develop and achieve their potential,” Shartar said. “This is why I cherish this opportunity to lead GCN. It is an incredible organization, with fantastic staff, a great leader, and a committed, passionate, and talented board focused on making a positive difference for Georgians.”
Beavor also thanked outgoing Board Chair Debbie Gehricke, VP, Corporate Human Resources, UPS. In her service as chair, Gehricke led GCN to expanded programs such as launching the pilot Momentum initiative, transforming the way nonprofits work in the southern coastal communities of Georgia. She also oversaw the creation of Georgia Gives Day, an effort that raised more than $780,000 in one day for Georgia nonprofits.
Shartar is Managing Director of Diversified Search and provides executive and board search service to for-profit and nonprofit institutions. Prior to joining Diversified Search, Shartar was president and CEO of Experient, Inc., one of the largest meeting and event services company in North America. Shartar spent more than 12 years at The Coca-Cola Company leading the company’s Canadian business as president of Coca-Cola Ltd., was managing director of field sales and marketing, director of business development, director and interim COO of Barq’s, Inc., and international treasury officer. He joined The Coca-Cola Company from Citicorp, where he was vice president and senior banker in their Structured Finance and World Corporate Group divisions.
Beyond his board service to the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, where he most recently chaired the governance committee, Shartar is a board member and officer of the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta, leading their Social Enterprise Initiative. He has been honored several times as one of “The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry” and “The 100 Most Influential People in the Tradeshow Business.” He was chair of Refreshments Canada (their national soft drink association) and a member of the Executive Committee of Food and Consumer Product Manufacturers of Canada.
Shartar received his MBA from Harvard Business School and BA, Phi Beta Kappa, from Emory University. He is a second generation native of Atlanta and has lived across the United States, in London and Toronto. Shartar and wife Teresa have four sons.