Bernard Mensah is president of International for Bank of America and is a member of Bank of America’s executive management team. He is the chief executive officer of Merrill Lynch International (MLI), Bank of America’s largest international subsidiary, and BANA London branch head.
Based in London, Mensah previously jointly led the bank’s Global Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC) Trading business globally. In 2018, he assumed additional leadership responsibilities as the firm’s U.K. and CEEMEA president. He was appointed to his current role in July 2020.
Mensah is responsible for the development and execution of Bank of America’s strategy, business activities and support functions internationally. These span corporate, commercial and investment banking; sales and trading; research; and treasury services. He is also responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of the broad Bank of America franchise to its corporate and institutional clients across the region. Mensah chairs the firm’s regional executive committee and is a member of the Global Banking and Markets management committee.
With more than 20 years of global trading and investing experience, Mensah serves on the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority’s Markets Practitioner Panel and was recently asked by the Bank of England to join the senior advisory group overseeing LIBOR transition in the U.K. He joined the firm from Goldman Sachs in London in 2010, where he was a partner and global head of Bank Loan and Distressed Trading, and prior to that, he ran the bank’s Asia Credit and Convertibles business, based in Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Mensah received his B.A. in social sciences at the Joint School of Philosophy and Economics at the University of Bristol in 1989. He is a qualified chartered accountant and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales in 1992. Mensah chairs the Africa advisory board of Prince’s Trust International and is a member of the board of the Kofi Annan Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes better global governance to achieve a fairer, more peaceful world..