Justin Rice Promoted to Relationship Sales Manager Bank Officer

February 28, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – February 28, 2008 – First Citizens is pleased to announce the promotion of Justin Rice to relationship sales manager bank officer. In this role, he is responsible for anticipating and meeting the needs of First Citizens’ consumer and small business customers by identifying and recommending the best products for those needs, as well as building and enhancing customers’ overall relationships with the bank. Rice is based at the 2350 Broad River Road branch in St. Andrews.

Rice is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a minor in marketing. Rice is active in the community, serving as the attendance chairman of the International Rotary Club of St. Andrews.


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 Dec. 31, 2007, First Citizens Bancorporation had total consolidated assets of $6.08 billion. For more information, visit the First Citizens web site at www.firstcitizensonline.com.