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South State Corp (SSB.OQ)

SSB.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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18 May 2018
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Robert Horger

67 1998 Chairman of the Board

Robert Hill

51 2013 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Paula Bethea

62 2013 Independent Vice Chairman of the Board

John Pollok

52 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Executive Vice President and Director

John Windley

65 2016 President and Chief Executive Officer of South State Bank

Renee Brooks

48 2017 Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

Joseph Burns

63 2016 Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

L. Andrew Westbrook

55 2017 Chief Risk Officer

William Bochette

2017 Treasurer, Secretary

James Cherry

67 2017 Director

Jimmy Addison

57 2007 Independent Director

Jean Davis

62 2017 Independent Director

Martin Davis

54 2016 Independent Director

Robert Demere

69 2012 Independent Director

Cynthia Hartley

69 2011 Independent Director

Thomas Johnson

67 2013 Independent Director

Grey Murray

52 2017 Independent Director

James Roquemore

63 1994 Independent Director

Thomas Suggs

68 2001 Independent Director

Kevin Walker

67 2010 Independent Director

James Mabry

2017 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Robert Horger

Mr. Robert R. Horger is the Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Horger has served as Chairman of the Company and its wholly-owned banking subsidiary, South State Bank (sometimes also referred to herein as the “Bank”), since 1998. He also has served as Vice Chairman of the Company and the Bank, from 1994 to 1998. Mr. Horger has been an attorney with Horger, Barnwell and Reid in Orangeburg, South Carolina, since 1975. During his tenure as Chairman, Mr. Horger has developed knowledge of the Company’s business, history, organization, and executive management which, together with his personal understanding of many of the markets that we serve, has enhanced his ability to lead the Board of Directors through the current challenging business environment for all financial institutions. Mr. Horger’s legal training and experience enhance his ability to understand the Company’s regulatory framework.

Robert Hill

Mr. Robert R. Hill, Jr. serves as Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company. Mr. Hill has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company since July 26, 2013. Prior to that time, Mr. Hill served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from November 6, 2004 to July 26, 2013. Prior to that time, Mr. Hill served as President and Chief Operating Officer of South State Bank, from 1999 to November 6, 2004. Mr. Hill joined the Company in 1995. He was appointed to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Directors in December 2010. Mr. Hill brings to the board an intimate understanding of the Company’s business and organization, as well as substantial leadership ability, banking industry expertise, and management experience.

Paula Bethea

Mrs. Paula Harper Bethea is the Independent Vice Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mrs. Bethea has served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company and the Bank since 2013. Mrs. Bethea is currently President of Strategic Synergies LLC and President of Dillon Property Holdings LLC. Mrs. Bethea was formerly the Executive Director of the South Carolina Education Lottery and was one of nine South Carolinians chosen in 2001 to establish the Lottery. Prior to this position, Mrs. Bethea was with the McNair Law Firm from 2006 to 2009 where she served as Director of External Relations. Mrs. Bethea served on the board of directors of former First Financial Holdings, Inc. of Charleston, South Carolina (“FFHI”) from 1996 until FFHI merged with the Company in 2013. Her business and personal experience in certain of the communities that the Bank serves provides her with an appreciation of markets that we serve, and her leadership experiences provide her with insights regarding organizational behavior and management.

John Pollok

Mr. John C. Pollok serves as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Executive Vice President and Director of the Company. Mr. Pollok has served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Company since March 21, 2012. Mr. Pollok previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Company and the Bank from January 4, 2010 until March 21, 2012. Prior to that time, Mr. Pollok served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Company and the Bank from February 15, 2007 until January 3, 2010. Mr. Pollok brings to the board an overall institutional knowledge of the Company’s business, banking industry expertise, and leadership experience.

John Windley

Mr. John F. Windley serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of South State Bank, a subsidiary of the Company. He is Chief Banking Officer and President of SCBT South Carolina Bank and Trust Regional President, South Carolina Bank and Trust (2002 - 2006).

Renee Brooks

Mr. Renee R. Brooks serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer of the Company. He was Chief Administrative Officer, Corporate Secretary of First Financial Holdings, Inc.(formerly SCBT Financial Corporation). He was Corporate Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer Corporate Secretary and Retail & Commercial Banking Officer (2009 - 2010) Commercial Department Manager—SCBT of the Piedmont (2005 - 2009).

Joseph Burns

Mr. Joseph E. Burns serves as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of the Company. He is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer (2000 - 2009, 2013-Present) Chief Risk Officer (2009 - 2013).

L. Andrew Westbrook

Mr. L. Andrew Westbrook, III serves as Chief Risk Officer of the Company. Prior to his appointment as CRO, Mr. Westbrook had served as director of risk management since 2014, and previously served as a regional president following the merger between South State Corporation and Peoples Bancorporation in 2012. Over the past three years and under his leadership, Mr. Westbrook has established a risk management program that has the Company well-positioned for the future.

William Bochette

Mr. William C. Bochette, III serves as Secretary, Treasurer of South State Corporation. He was Executive Vice President of the Company. With 28 years of experience in the banking industry, Bochette has served in several positions for community banks, including CEO, CFO, and CRO. He has also worked as a bank examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, formerly known as the Office of Thrift Supervision. Bochette joined South State Bank in 2011 as senior vice president in the financial management division. In 2014, he was named executive vice president and secretary to the board. In his new role, Bochette will serve as secretary and treasurer. Bochette earned his Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of South Carolina.

James Cherry

Mr. James C. Cherry is Director of the Company. Mr. Cherry served as the Chief Executive Officer and as a director of the Park Sterling Corporation from its formation in 2010 until November 2017. Mr. Cherry has served as a consultant to the Bank since November 2017. He retired as the Chief Executive Officer for the Mid-Atlantic Banking Region at Wachovia Corporation in 2006, and previously served as President of Virginia Banking, Head of Trust and Investment Management, and in various positions in North Carolina and Virginia banking including Regional Executive, Area Executive, City Executive, Corporate Banking and Loan Administration Manager, and Retail Banking Branch Manager for Wachovia. Mr. Cherry was formerly Chairman of the Virginia Bankers Association. He is currently a director of Armada Hoffler Properties Inc., a Virginia-based publicly traded real estate company. Mr. Cherry’s extensive experience in commercial and retail banking operations, credit administration, product management and merger integration at Wachovia, which was focused in the Carolinas and Virginia, provides the Board of Directors with significant expertise important to the oversight of the Company and expansion into its target markets.

Jimmy Addison

Mr. Jimmy Evan Addison is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Addison has served as Chief Executive Officer of SCANA Corporation, the holding company of South Carolina Electric and Gas Company and other utility-related concerns since January 1, 2018. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer from 2006 through 2017 and as President of SCANA Energy from 2014 through 2017. He also serves as a member of the board (past president) for the Business Partnership Foundation of the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Mr. Addison is also a licensed CPA and previously worked for an international accounting firm. His leadership experience, knowledge of financial reporting requirements of public companies, and business and personal ties to many of the Bank’s market areas enhance his ability to contribute as a director.

Jean Davis

Ms. Jean E. Davis is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Davis, former Park Sterling Corporation Board member, retired as the head of Operations, Technology and e-Commerce of Wachovia Corporation in 2006. She previously served as the Head of Operations and Technology, Head of Human Resources, Head of Retail Banking, and in several office executive, regional executive and corporate banking roles for Wachovia. She is currently a member of the Board of Safe Alliance, Charlotte, NC and of the Charlotte Latin School. Ms. Davis brings extensive knowledge of bank operations and technology, as well as human resources, to the Board of Directors, both of which are important to the Company’s long-term success. In addition, she brings a strong background in retail banking, merger due diligence and merger integration experience.

Martin Davis

Mr. Martin Bernard Davis is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Davis is executive vice president of Southern Company Services and chief information officer of Southern Company. Mr. Davis has spent nearly 30 years leading complex technology organizations in highly regulated environments. Mr. Davis serves on the American Heart Association’s Mid-Atlantic region board of directors. Mr. Davis served on the board of trustees at Winston-Salem State University. He has been recognized as one of the “50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology” by U.S. Black Engineers & Information Technology magazine and one of the “75 Most Powerful African-Americans in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise. Mr. Davis’ technology-related experience provides him with useful insight regarding this area of increasing strategic importance to bank marketing and operations.

Robert Demere

Mr. Robert H. Demere, Jr. is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Demere serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Colonial Group, Inc., a petroleum marketing company located in Savannah, Georgia. Mr. Demere has been employed by Colonial Group, Inc. since 1974. As President of Colonial Group, Inc., Mr. Demere has attained valuable experience in raising equity in the capital markets. Prior to working for Colonial, Mr. Demere worked as a stockbroker for Robinson-Humphrey Company. Mr. Demere served on the board of directors of Savannah Bancorp Inc. from 1989 until its acquisition by the Company in 2012. His business and personal experience in certain of the communities that the Bank serves also provides him with an appreciation of and useful insight regarding certain markets that we serve.

Cynthia Hartley

Mrs. Cynthia A. Hartley is an Independent Director of the Company., since May 2011. Mrs. Hartley retired in 2011 as Senior Vice President of Human Resources with Sonoco Products Company in Hartsville, South Carolina. Mrs. Hartley served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina. Mrs. Hartley was first elected to the Board of Directors of the Company in May of 2011. Her leadership experience, knowledge of human resource matters, and business and personal ties with many of the Bank’s market areas enhance her ability to contribute as a director.

Thomas Johnson

Mr. Thomas J. Johnson is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Johnson is President, Chief Executive Officer, and Owner of F&J Associates, a company that owns and operates automobile dealerships in the southeastern United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He serves on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association, the Board of Visitors of the Coastal Carolina University School of Business and the South Carolina Business Resources Board. Mr. Johnson served on the board of directors of FFHI from 1998 until FFHI merged with the Company in 2013. Mr. Johnson’s extensive business experience and knowledge of markets that we serve enhance his ability to contribute as a director.

Grey Murray

Mr. Grey B. Murray is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Murray, former Georgia Bank & Trust board member, serves as President of United Brokerage Company, Inc., headquartered in Augusta, Georgia. Mr. Murray also serves as a Commissioner on the Augusta Aviation Commission and is a graduate of Leadership Georgia. An active member of the community, Mr. Murray has served on the board of directors of the American Heart Association, University Health Care Foundation, Augusta Country Club, Secession Golf Club, St. Paul’s Building Authority, Exchange Club of Augusta, Georgia Movers Association, and Augusta Preparatory Day School (past Chairman of the Board). Mr. Murray’s extensive business experience and knowledge of markets that we serve enhance his ability to contribute as a director.

James Roquemore

Mr. James W. Roquemore is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Roquemore serves as Chief Executive Officer of Patten Seed Company, Inc. of Lakeland, Georgia, and General Manager of Super-Sod/Carolina, a company that produces and markets turf, grass, sod and seed, since 1997. As the chief executive officer of a company, Mr. Roquemore has experience with management, marketing, operations, and human resource matters. His business and personal experience in the communities that the Bank serves also provides him with an appreciation of markets that we serve. Moreover, during his tenure as a director he has developed knowledge of the Company’s business, history, organization, and executive management which, together with the relationships that he has developed, enhance his leadership and consensus-building ability.

Thomas Suggs

Mr. Thomas E. Suggs is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Suggs has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of HUB Carolinas, a region of HUB International, the eighth largest insurance broker in the world, since August 2016. Mr. Suggs was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Keenan & Suggs, Inc., an insurance brokerage and consulting firm, before it was acquired by HUB international in August 2016. Mr. Suggs has over 21 years of experience in the insurance industry and 25 years of banking experience. As the chief executive officer of the region, Mr. Suggs has experience with management, marketing, operations, and human resource matters, and his experience with the banking industry also provides him with certain insights. His business and personal experience in communities that the Bank serves also provides him with an appreciation of markets that we serve.

Kevin Walker

Mr. Kevin P. Walker, CPA is an Independent Director of the Company. He is a founding partner of GreerWalker LLP with offices in Charlotte, North Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina. GreerWalker LLP is the largest certified public accounting firm founded and headquartered in Charlotte and currently employs approximately 115 people. Mr. Walker is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, the Financial Consulting Group, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators. Mr. Walker was first elected to the Board of Directors of the Company in October 2010. Mr. Walker’s leadership experience, accounting knowledge and business and personal experience in certain of the Company’s markets enhance his ability to contribute as a director.

James Mabry