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James I. (Jim) Newsome, III
President and CEO
(843) 577-8600

Jack Ellenberg
SVP, Strategic Projects
(803) 726-4572

Peter N. Hughes
SVP, Finance & Administration
(843) 577-8140

Paul G. McClintock
SVP, Sales & Marketing
(843) 577-8151

Barbara L. Melvin
SVP, Operations & Terminals
(843) 577-8799

James I. (Jim) Newsome, III
Mr. Newsome became President & CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority on September 1, 2009 and is only the fifth leader in the history of the organization. He was previously President of Hapag-Lloyd (America), Inc., which is part of the world’s fifth-largest ocean shipping company.

Prior to joining Hapag-Lloyd in 1997, Mr. Newsome was with Nedlloyd Lines from 1987 to 1997. He was Executive Vice President of the Americas for Nedlloyd Lines and President of Nedlloyd Lines (USA) Corporation based in Atlanta. In this capacity, he was the first non-Dutch member of the Executive Committee of Nedlloyd Lines and was responsible for North and Latin America and the Transatlantic trade. He held other senior management positions within that company. Before that, Mr. Newsome spent 10 years with Strachan Shipping Company, where he was President of their Hoegh Lines Agencies subsidiary in Jersey City, NJ. He held other positions in Houston, Texas and New York City, with Strachan.

A Savannah native, Mr. Newsome received a bachelor’s degree in Transportation and Logistics in 1976 and an MBA in Transportation and Logistics in 1977 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.


Jack Ellenberg
Jack Ellenberg is Senior Vice President, Economic Development & Projects, responsible for the recruitment and location of port-dependent projects as well as the expansion of port-user businesses across the state. Mr. Ellenberg also oversees the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer, South Carolina.

Mr. Ellenberg previously served as Deputy Secretary for New Investment at the South Carolina Department of Commerce. He joined Commerce in 1996 and was responsible for leading the agency’s efforts in new investment, both foreign and domestic, and overseeing the daily activities of state offices in Europe and Asia.

During his 20 years with the Department of Commerce & the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) he has been directly involved in the recruitment of over $35 billion in new investment and over 100,000 jobs to South Carolina. He has a vast knowledge of the aerospace and automotive industries and represented the state working with numerous companies such as, BMW, Boeing, 3M, Eastman Chemical, Daimler, Google, Inc., Michelin, Honda, Fujifilm, ZF Group, Robert Bosch, and Volvo.

Ellenberg was named Southern Business & Development’s “Person of the Year” for his work on Boeing’s new $750-million 787 Dreamliner assembly operation in the Charleston area. In December, 2010, Governor Mark Sanford awarded Ellenberg the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor, for his service to the citizens of South Carolina.

Mr. Ellenberg holds bachelors and masters degrees in history from Clemson University. He joined the SCPA in January 2011 as Vice President, Cargo Development, and was promoted to his current position in the fall of 2012.


Peter N. Hughes
Mr. Hughes joined the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) in 1983 and has held the positions of Internal Auditor, Manager of General Accounting, Controller and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 1996. In 2010 he was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  He earned a degree in business administration from the College of Charleston. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.

In his capacity as Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration he has responsibility for all financial, procurement, risk management, real estate and administrative functions of the Authority.

Mr. Hughes is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors.


Paul G. McClintock
Mr. McClintock is Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA). His areas of responsibility include all sales and marketing efforts for Charleston and Georgetown, as well as break bulk and bulk development functions. Mr. McClintock has 34 years of experience in maritime and general supply chain logistics. He has held executive positions in sales and operations management. He previously served as Vice President North America Sales for MOL (America) Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), one of the world’s largest multi-modal shipping companies. Mr. McClintock earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Scranton. He joined the SCPA in May, 2009.


Barbara L. Melvin
As Senior Vice President, Operations and Terminals, Ms. Melvin oversees terminal operations, information technology and support services, crane and equipment maintenance, engineering, environmental, Port Police and cruise operations.

Prior to this role, Ms. Melvin was Senior Vice President, External Affairs. She was responsible for all aspects of communication with the public, including public relations, government relations, community giving, education and environmental programs. Ms. Melvin also served as the South Carolina Ports Authority's lead staff person on the Charleston Harbor Post 45 Project and the Jasper Ocean Terminal Project.

Also within the Port, Ms. Melvin served as Vice President, Government Relations, responsible for lobbying local, state and federal public officials on the Authority's behalf. Before joining the Port in 1998, she served as Director of Government Relations for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and as a policy analyst for the Georgia Governor's Office of Planning and Budget.

Ms. Melvin is a Riley Institute Diversity Leadership participant; a member of the South Carolina Advisory Council of the United States Global Leadership Coalition; serves on the Executive Committee of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce as Chair-Elect; Business Advocacy Committee of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce; the Ports Caucus Advisory Board for the United States Congress; and is also a Liberty Fellow. She is a member of the Board of Charleston Wine+Food Festival and a Community Advisor for the Junior League.  She formerly served on the board for Communities in Schools and the South Carolina Maritime Foundation.

Ms. Melvin was awarded the Charleston Women in International Trade (CWIT) 2014 Woman of the Year, The Propeller Club of Charleston and South East Region Maritime Person of the Year, the National Transportation Week Leader of the Year, and Columbia South Carolina’s 2014 Top Women of Influence Awards. She received a bachelor's degree in political science from Georgia Southern University with a minor in international relations.


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