Bernard Mensah is President of International for Bank of America and is a member of Bank of America’s Executive Management Team (MTM).
Based in London, Bernard 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 UK and CEEMEA President. He was appointed to his current role in July 2020.
Bernard 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. Bernard chairs the firm’s regional Executive Committee and is a member of the Global Banking and Markets Management Committee.
With more than 20 years’ global trading and investing experience, Bernard serves on the UK’s 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 UK. 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.