Lewis Gossett will step down as president and CEO of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance on Oct. 31, according to a press release.
Gossett, who has led the alliance since 2003, will become CEO of McMullen Public Affairs, a marketing firm that primarily serves businesses. The firm’s president, Ed McMullen, is leaving South Carolina to become U.S. ambassador to Switzerland.
“For more than a century, the SCMA has advocated policies and actions that encourage an environment of growth and prosperity for all South Carolinians,” Gossett said in the release. “The impact of the manufacturing industry is without equal, and I am proud to have been a part of an organization that has served such an important role in bringing economic opportunities to this wonderful state.”
Gossett joined the alliance in 2003. He previously practiced labor and employment law at Ogletree Deakins from 1990 to 1995 and from 1999 to 2003. In between, Gossett was the director of the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.
“Lewis has worked tirelessly on policy issues, created meaningful educational and industrial programs, and served as an unwavering advocate for manufacturers,” said Kurt Dallas, executive vice president at AFL and chairman of the alliance.
“His leadership will be missed at the S.C. Manufacturers Alliance, but his work will continue to have a positive impact for this industry,” he added.
The S.C. Manufacturers Alliance is currently soliciting applications to fill Gossett’s position. Sara Hazzard, vice president of government relations, will serve as interim president and CEO until the alliance board names a permanent replacement.