‘A-lister’ picked to head State Ports Authority
By Molly Parker
Published June 5, 2009
A Savannah native who is the American president of German steamship line Hapag-Lloyd has been selected to head the S.C. State Ports Authority.
Sources say Jim Newsome tops the short list of candidates handpicked by a selection committee. The panel has been searching for a new CEO for the agency for five months. Because a contract has not been signed, SPA officials declined to confirm the selection; but Newsome is widely believed to be headed this way.
An assistant in Newsome’s Hapag-Lloyd office in Piscataway, N.J., said he was out of the country and was unavailable today because of the time difference.