Call it a coincidence or call it a trend. Either way, the recent exodus of two top executives from Coca-Cola Co. appears to be the meeting and hospitality industries' gain.
In October, meeting management company Conferon Global Services, Twinsburg, Ohio, hired Ed Shartar from the soft drink giant as chief executive officer. Shartar had been the CEO of the company's Canadian operations, Coca-Cola Ltd., Toronto. He replaces Mike Goodwin, who left Conferon at the end of 2003, explains Ma