Cindi Callaham Joins First Citizens as Senior Vice President and Strategic Consulting Services Manager

December 17, 2007

COLUMBIA, SC – December 17, 2007 – First Citizens is pleased to welcome Cindi Callaham to its team. Callaham will serve as Strategic Consulting Services Manager. In this role, she will be responsible for managing change for corporate initiatives through project management and process review methodologies. Callaham will be based out of the Park street office.

Prior to joining First Citizens, Callaham served in various capacities as a senior executive at NetBank. Callaham is a graduate of Clemson University, earning a Bachelor of Science in financial management. She also holds her M.B.A. from UNC Charlotte.  She is active in the community, serving as a board member for the American Red Cross of Central South Carolina, a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club, and a part of the executive committee for Women in Philanthropy.

About First Citizens

First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc., is the parent company of First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc., and The Exchange Bank of South Carolina, Inc. First Citizens Bank offers services in commercial and retail banking through its 166 offices in South Carolina and Georgia. As of Sept. 30, 2007, First Citizens Bancorporation had total consolidated assets of $6.02 billion. For more information, visit the First Citizens web site at .