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South Carolina State Ports Authority Adds Gaillard to Management Team

Charleston, SC - The South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA) has hired Sarah S. Gaillard to the new position of Vice President, Carrier Sales, effective January 4, 2010.

Gaillard will report to Paul McClintock, Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, and will lead ocean carrier sales efforts for South Carolina's public port system.

“Sarah's extensive knowledge and experience in our industry as well as her reputation in the shipping business is a tremendous addition to the South Carolina State Ports Authority,” said Jim Newsome, President & CEO of the SCSPA. “We are pleased to welcome Sarah back to South Carolina.”

A native of Charleston, Gaillard has more than 33 years of experience in the shipping industry. Most recently, she was Director of Container Logistics at the North Carolina State Ports Authority, where she spent 19 years in various sales and management positions. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Sales for the Charleston-based Palmetto Shipping and Stevedoring Company, where she developed an extensive background in container operations. Gaillard attended the College of Charleston.

“The Port of Charleston has an unrivaled reputation of efficient, productive operations and the deepest water in the Southeast,” said Gaillard. “I am looking forward to expanding business opportunities and growing trade across South Carolina's docks.”

About the South Carolina State Ports Authority
The South Carolina State Ports Authority, established by the state's General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston and Georgetown, handling international commerce valued at more than $62 billion annually while receiving no direct taxpayer subsidy. An economic development engine for the state, port operations facilitate 260,800 jobs across South Carolina and nearly $45 billion in economic activity each year. For more information, visit