Bernard Mensah is President of International for Bank of America and is a member of Bank of America’s Executive Management Team (MTM). He is the Chief Executive Officer of Merrill Lynch International (MLI), Bank of America’s largest International subsidiary, and BANA London Branch Head. He is also a board member of Bank of America Securities Europe (BofASE SA), the bank’s European securities entity.
Based in London, Bernard previously jointly led the bank’s Global Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC) trading business globally.
Bernard is responsible for the development and execution of Bank of America’s strategy and extensive business activities across the United Kingdom, the European Union, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. These span corporate, commercial and investment banking, sales and trading, research and treasury services and associated support and control functions. 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.
With more than 20 years’ global trading and investing experience, Bernard is a member of the Bank of England’s Senior Advisory Group overseeing LIBOR transition. He is also a member of Bank of America’s Global ESG Committee, as well as its Global Sustainable Markets Committee, and Chair of the EMEA ESG Strategic Council.
He joined the firm in 2010 from Goldman Sachs in London, where he was a Partner and global head of Bank Loan and Distressed Trading, and prior to that ran the bank’s Asia Credit and Convertibles business, based in Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Bernard received his BA 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. Bernard 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.