COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A longtime business executive at AT&T and General Motors is the new leader of South Carolina’s Commerce Department.
The Senate unanimously approved 65-year-old Harry Lightsey III on Tuesday.
Lightsey takes over for Bobby Hitt who is retiring after running the state agency that helps brings businesses to the state for a decade.
Hitt was responsible for bringing Volvo, Boeing and Mercedes-Benz to South Carolina.
Lightsey has served in executive leadership roles for several corporations, including as president of BellSouth Telecommunications for South Carolina prior to their merger with AT&T.
He also was director of federal government affairs and emerging technologies for the General Motors Corporation