September 29, 2011 – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerceis pleased to announce its 2011 Business Leader of the Year is PamelaLackey, state president of AT&T South Carolina. Lackey will behonored at the 32nd Annual Summit, Fast Forward: Defining the Next Decade, November 10 at Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms.
Lackey is responsible for AT&T’s regulatory, economicdevelopment, legislative and community affairs activities in the state.She works closely with state and community leaders to help bring newtechnology and jobs to the state and improve the quality of life for allSouth Carolinians. Lackey joined AT&T’s predecessor company,BellSouth, in 1997. She initially served in the business marketinggroup, where she was the company’s primary interface with education andgovernment customers. In that role, she was instrumental inestablishing the state’s first broadband network to provide high-speedInternet service to schools and libraries. She was subsequentlypromoted to the position of director-government relations, where sheworked directly with members of the South Carolina General Assembly onpublic policy matters. She was named to her current position in October2007.
Lackey has been involved in leadership roles in many community andcivic organizations, including the Junior League of Greenville andColumbia, the ETV Endowment of South Carolina and the Palmetto Centerfor Women’s Business Advisory Committee. She serves on the boards of theCentral South Carolina Alliance, the South Carolina Chamber ofCommerce, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, HollingsCancer Center Advisory Board, Palmetto Business Forum and the United Wayof the Midlands. She was appointed to the Research Centers ofExcellence Review Board by Senator Glenn F. McConnell, president protempore for the South Carolina Senate, which she chaired and served from2007-2011. In 2011, she was appointed to the South Carolina StatePorts Authority Board by Governor Nikki Haley.
South Carolina is fortunate to have a business leader like PamelaLackey. For many years, she has used her education background andtechnology expertise to improve the quality of life for SouthCarolinians. In every position she’s held, Pamela has put the well-beingof South Carolina first, and she has remained committed to improvingSouth Carolina’s business climate, said Otis Rawl, president and CEOof the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.