Parrish Little Joins First Citizens as Director of Risk Management

March 9, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – March 7, 2008 – First Citizens is pleased to welcome Parrish Little to its team as Director of Risk Management. In this role, he is responsible for directing the risk management program and assisting management and the board of directors in assessing and managing risk activities. Little will be based at the First Citizens Center in downtown Columbia.

Little is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Little’s background includes a great deal of experience in the risk management field. Prior to joining First Citizens, Little worked in a variety of risk management and audit positions at Bank of America. He served as Senior Compliance and Operational Risk Manager, Quality Deployment Executive, and Senior Audit Manager / Audit Director.

“We are pleased to have Parrish join our team. His management experience makes him a perfect fit for this position,” said Jay Weir, General Auditor.

Parrish is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and served on its board of directors from 2000 to 2004.

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 170 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