Ambassador Romulo is the Chairman of the following organizations: AIG Philippines Insurance, Inc., PETNET Inc., MediLink Network Inc. and Nationwide Development Corporation (NADECOR). He is also a board member of the following corporations: A. Soriano Corporation, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co (PLDT); Equicom Savings Bank; Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc., and Singapore Land Ltd.
Ambassador Romulo joined government service in June 1989 when he was appointed Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the Commission of the European Communities. In 1992, he was appointed Foreign Minister. In 1995, he rejoined the private sector and was elected as Chairman of PLDT and Vice-chair of San Miguel International. In 1996, he was the founding Chairman of the APEC Business Advisory Council and continued as Chairman of the Philippine Representation until 2010. From 1999 to 2001, he was Chairman of the e-ASEAN Task Force. From January 2001 to January 2007, he was pro-bono Senior Advisor (on international competitiveness) to President Gloria Arroyo.
Ambassador Romulo worked at IBM Corporation from 1965 to 1989. During his IBM career, he held various marketing and management positions in New York, Thailand (Managing Director) and the Philippines (President and General Manager).
He is also Chairman of non-profit foundations: Carlos P. Romulo Foundation for Peace and Development, Zuellig Family Foundation, Foundation for IT Education and Development (FIT-ED), Philippine Foundation for Global Concerns and Asia-Europe Foundation of the Philippines. He is a trustee of the US-Philippines Society.
As a diplomat, he has been decorated by the governments of Belgium, Thailand, Spain, Chile, France and the Philippines. He is a graduate of Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and the Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Laws.