SCBT Promotes Greg Lapointe

  SCBT Promotes Greg Lapointe

Business Wire

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- January 15, 2014

In conjunction with the First Financial merger, Greg A. Lapointe has been
named northern banking group president for SCBT and First Federal, where he
will have responsibility for Georgia, North Carolina and the Upstate and
Foothills regions of South Carolina.

Greg A. Lapointe Named Northern Banking Group President for SCBT (Photo:
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Greg A. Lapointe Named Northern Banking Group President for SCBT (Photo:
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In addition, Lapointe will also retain responsibility for the growth and
development of the bank’s treasury services and American Pension divisions.

Starting his banking career in 1985, Lapointe has served in various banking
and banking leadership positions in North and South Carolina. He has worked in
the Coastal, Midlands and Upstate regions of South Carolina, and the Triangle
and Eastern/Coastal markets of North Carolina.

Lapointe graduated from Richland Northeast High school in Columbia in 1981 and
earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Citadel in 1985. He is also a 1993
graduate of the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State
University. Additionally, Lapointe completed Economic Development schools at
the University Of North Carolina School Of Government at Chapel Hill in 2005
and at The College of Charleston in 2009. Lapointe is also a graduate of
Leadership South Carolina.

An active member in community and civic affairs, Lapointe has served on the
Columbia Urban League board, the executive committee of The Midlands Business
Leadership Group, the executive committee of the Midlands Housing Alliance,
the executive committee of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, The
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Society board, and as vice-chairman of the Richland
County Transportation Commission. Lapointe has also been an active adult
member of the Boy Scouts of America as an assistant scout master.

First Financial Holdings, Inc., (NASDAQ: SCBT) Columbia, South Carolina is a
registered bank holding company incorporated under the laws of South Carolina.
The Company consists of SCBT, the Bank and the following divisions: NCBT,
Community Bank & Trust, The Savannah Bank, and First Federal. The Bank also
operates Minis & Co., Inc. and First Southeast 401k Fiduciaries, both
registered investment advisors; and First Southeast Investor Services, a
wholly owned broker dealer. Providing financial services for over 80 years,
First Financial Holdings, Inc. operates 142 locations in 19 South Carolina
counties, 12 Georgia counties and 4 North Carolina counties. First Financial
Holdings, Inc. has assets of approximately $8.0 billion and its stock is
traded under the symbol SCBT in the NASDAQ Global Select Market. More
information can be found at

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