South Caroline Ports (SC Ports) has appointed Barbara Melvin as president and ceo following Jim Newsome’s retirement.

Newsome, current president and ceo, will retire after 13 years in the position, and will serve as an executive advisor to the port thereafter. SC Ports said Newsome has significantly enhanced port operations, grown the port’s cargo base with strategic investments, led the doubling of cargo volumes in a decade, and successfully undertaken vital infrastructure projects.

Melvin, currently chief operating officer, joined SC Ports in 1998, serving in a variety of roles over the years. She became senior vice president of operations and terminals in 2015 and assumed the role as chief operating officer in 2018. Melvin will take up her new position as president and ceo on July 1.

SC Ports board of directors unanimously approved the leadership change during its October board meeting.