Lightsey confirmed as S.C. Department of Commerce secretary > Columbia Business Report

Harry Lightsey has been confirmed as the new secretary of the S.C. Department of Commerce after Tuesday’s unanimous vote of the state Senate.

Lightsey, 65, brings a business background rooted in the telecommunications and automotive industries to the role, held for a decade by Bobby Hitt, who is retiring this fall.

“Secretary Lightsey joins the South Carolina Department of Commerce with years of experience leading major corporations in South Carolina and across the country,” S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster said in a statement. “His leadership skills and proven track record will make for a seamless transition in continuing the mission and building upon the success of South Carolina’s economic development efforts.”

McMaster nominated Lightsey, former president of AT&T’s Southeast region and director of General Motors Corp.’s federal government affairs and emerging technology, to replace Hitt on June 17.

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