Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Roland K. Bullard, II


Roland K. Bullard, II

Roland K. Bullard, II, President and CEO, of FastShip, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, joined the Company in June 1998. FastShip is developing a revolutionary intercontinental freight transportation network, initially between the US and Europe, that will provide time-definite service comparable to standard air freight at half the cost. He was a founding partner of Strategic Advisors International, Inc. in 1996 while Chairman of the Philadelphia Advisory Board of Directors of First Union National Bank. From January 1996 to his retirement in May 1996, he was Area President of the Philadelphia Region.

Prior to the acquisition of First Fidelity Bancorporation (FFB) by First Union in January 1996, Mr. Bullard was Senior Executive Vice President of FFB, a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Office of the Chairman. Upon joining First Fidelity Bancorporation in May 1991, Mr. Bullard was named President of Fidelity Bank, NA, which was renamed First Fidelity Bank NA, Pennsylvania, in 1993. He was responsible for market operations in Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, and all of FFB’s wholesale commercial activities.

Prior to joining First Fidelity in 1991, Mr. Bullard was Vice Chairman of CoreStates, Philadelphia National Bank. He joined PNB in 1968 as an international banking officer, rising through a series of international banking assignments. In 1975, he was named senior vice president and manager of the international banking division. Between 1982 and 1985, he served in a variety of staff functions including chief credit policy officer and head of strategic planning for wholesale banking systems and product development. He was Vice Chairman of CoreStates from 1985 to 1991. He was responsible for wholesale banking, which encompassed commercial banking, corporate and personal trust activities, investment banking, capital markets and cash management. His last responsibility was for mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining CoreStates, Mr. Bullard began his career with the Export-Import Bank of the United Sates, Washington, DC, from 1966 to 1968.

He is a director and a Co-Chairman of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, a director of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, a member of the Board of Directors of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, a member of the Board of Directors of the Penjerdel Council, Chairman of Urban Genesis and Chairman of Marine Propulsion Systems, Inc. of Miami. Former associations include Chairman of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, being a member of the Bankers Roundtable, a member of the Board of Directors of Greater Philadelphia First, a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board of Directors and former Chairman of the Citizens Crime Commission of Delaware Valley, and a Trustee of the New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences.

Mr. Bullard holds a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University where he also earned an MBA. He holds an honorary membership, Beta Gamma Sigma, at The George Washington University. He resides in Philadelphia, PA.