Experient CEO Ed Shartar Steps Down

Ed Shartar, president and CEO of Twinsburg, Ohio-based Experient since 2004, will be leaving the company as of June 6. Shartar was hired to lead a re-branding effort, to extend the company's geographic footprint, align its internal structure to support an integrated approach to service, grow revenues, enhance its presence in the corporate market space and to enter the government market.

Shartar's contract was up for renewal, but a "mutual decision" was made to hire a new CEO that would be focused on "execution and operational excellence," and to search for someone who could reside in one of the company's major operating offices. Shartar and his family live in Atlanta.

"As a result of Ed's commitment and passion, we are well on the way to making our vision a reality," said Andrew W. Strauss, Chairman of the Board for Experient and partner with The Riverside Company, Experient's majority shareholder.

Presently, the board is looking outside the company for a CEO whose primary charge will be to aggressively drive the continued execution of Experient's strategy, Strauss said. George S. Benson, an operating partner at Riverside, has been named interim president and CEO.