This is a key week for corporate annual meetings in Atlanta

By Maria Saporta

It’s annual meeting season in Atlanta.

On Tuesday, April 26, Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks will hold its annual meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the bank’s headquarters.

The bank announced last week that James M. Wells III will be stepping down as chairman and CEO of the bank and will be succeeded by William H. Rogers, who has been serving as president and chief operating officer.

Wells will serve as executive chairman of the bank until his planned retirement on Dec. 31, 2011.

Another Atlanta brand — the Coca-Cola Co. — also is holding its annual meeting this week. It will be held on Wednesday, April 27 at 1 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Centre. This reinforces the soft drink company’s recent decision to hold its annual meeting in its hometown rather than its legal headquarters in Delaware.

For those who are interested in attending the Coca-Cola annual meeting, be forewarned. If the last couple of years are any indication, security is extra tight, and people are not allowed to bring in cell phones, computers or cameras.

One of the most sparsely-attended annual meetings each year is Rollins. The annual meetings usually last less than five minutes, and nearly all the people who show up are company insiders. That meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26.

One of Atlanta newer Fortune 500 companies — NCR — will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, April 27 at 9 a.m. at the company’s headquarters on Satellite Boulevard in Duluth.

And for those willing to travel a couple of hours, Synovus also is holding its annual meeting on Wednesday, April 27 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held in Columbus at the River Center for the Performing Arts.

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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