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SC Ports Names Pruett VP, Carrier Sales

Charleston, SC - The South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA) has announced changes to its management team, promoting an accomplished sales manager to direct its carrier sales strategy.

Art Pruett is being promoted to Vice President, Carrier Sales. Pruett joined the SCSPA in July 2009 as General Manager, Cargo Sales, after holding various positions with Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corporation. Pruett has more than 25 years of experience in the industry.

In his new position, Pruett will lead all ocean carrier sales efforts for South Carolina’s public port system and will manage port representation in New Jersey, Japan, China and India. Pruett reports to Paul McClintock, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

Pruett replaces Sarah Gaillard, who is leaving the SCSPA later this month to pursue another opportunity in the shipping industry.

“Art’s experience on the ocean carrier side of the business and extensive knowledge of South Carolina’s seaport assets - chiefly deep water - make him the ideal person to lead our carrier sales strategy,” said SCSPA President and CEO Jim Newsome. “We wish Sarah Gaillard well in her new opportunity. She has been a tremendous asset for our port during her tenure here.”

“I am confident Art and his team will aggressively sell our ports to bring new liner services to Charleston and Georgetown,” said McClintock.

Regional cargo sales staff in Charleston, Atlanta and Charlotte will report to Vice President, Cargo Development Jack Ellenberg, who joins the SCSPA in January.

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 nearly $45 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 $44.8 billion in economic activity each year.  For more information, visit