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June 21 2017

Philip Wenger joins Operation HOPE Global Board of Directors

ATLANTA – June 21, 2017 – Global financial dignity and economic empowerment leader, Operation HOPE, Inc., has named E. Philip Wenger, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Pennsylvania-based financial holding company, Fulton Financial Corporation, to its global board of directors. 

Wenger joined Fulton Bank in 1979, and assumed a variety of positions in the corporate lending area before being promoted to executive vice president of Corporate Banking in 1996. In 2001, he was named senior executive vice president of the Lancaster, York, and Chester Counties Division and in 2003 he was promoted to the position of president and chief operating officer of Fulton Bank. In 2006, Wenger was named chairman and chief executive officer of Fulton Bank. He was also named senior executive vice president of Fulton Financial Corporation, the parent company of Fulton Bank, at the time as well. Wenger was promoted to president and chief operating officer in December 2008. He assumed his current position on January 1, 2013.

Wenger currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Lancaster County YMCA Foundation and Crispus Attucks Community Center. He is Chair for the Advisory Board of Stonier Graduate School of Banking and vice chair for the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County. Wenger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Penn State University and a Master of Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg. He is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Operation HOPE’s global board includes, Jim Clifton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gallup, Inc.; Lisa Borders, President, Women’s National Basketball Association; Frank Martell, Chief Executive Officer, CoreLogic; and Robb Webb, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Tenet Healthcare.


About Operation HOPE

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to "silver rights" with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved. Through its core programs, the nonprofit has provided financial dignity and economic empowerment to over 2.6 million individuals worldwide, and $2 billion in economic activity for the disenfranchised—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers.  Project 5117 is HOPE’s multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth, and stabilize the American dream by boosting credit scores. Operation HOPE recently received its second consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator—further establishing it as a best-in-class organization.  

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