Lee Ann Simmons Promoted to Vice President and Compliance Officer

February 6, 2008

Columbia, S.C. – February 5, 2008 – First Citizens is pleased to announce the promotion of Lee Ann Simmons to vice president and compliance officer. Her responsibilities include insuring the bank is in compliance with all deposit regulations, monitoring and performing target reviews for each deposit regulation, and implementing any changes in the state or federal laws pertaining to deposit products. Simmons has been with the bank since 1997.

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.