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‘A-lister’ picked to head State Ports Authority

June 5, 2009

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.

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