Pamela Lackey, president of AT&T South Carolina, is retiring after more than 20 years with the company. Her retirement will be effective Saturday.
Lackey joined BellSouth as state education market sales manager in 1997 after a 23-year career in K-12 and higher education. With BellSouth, she helped launch one of the first statewide K-12 internet networks in the nation.
In 2001, Lackey became the company’s director of government relations, and she was appointed state president six years later after BellSouth's merger with AT&T.
“I feel so very blessed to have had the opportunity to be associated with BellSouth and AT&T over the last 20 years,” Lackey said in a news release. “It has been an honor to have been part of the many extraordinary innovations that have occurred during my career. But even more importantly, it has been such a privilege to work with great people who improve the lives of others in many ways every day. I look forward to continuing to be involved in various volunteer activities to help make the present and the future better for South Carolinians.”
The S.C. Chamber of Commerce named Lackey its 2011 business leader of the year.
Lackey serves as co-chair for the Transform SC education initiative and has served on the boards of the Business Partnership Foundation at USC’s Moore School of Business, the Palmetto AgriBusiness Council, the Hollings Cancer Center Advisory Board, the International African American Museum and the United Way of the Midlands. She was the first female chair of the Palmetto Business Forum and is on the board of the S.C. Ports Authority.
“Pamela has been a model state president for AT&T, a mentor to so many in the company and in the community, as well as a respected business leader in the Palmetto State,” said Bill Leahy, AT&T president of the Southeast region. “AT&T appreciates Pamela’s countless contributions throughout her distinguished career, and I wish her the very best in retirement as she looks forward to playing a lot more golf, volunteering in the community and spending more time with her family.”