Bernard Mensah is President of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and co-head of Global Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC) Trading at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Based in London, Bernard has jointly led the firm’s FICC Trading business globally since 2015, and assumed additional leadership responsibilities as the firm’s regional president in April 2018.
In his role as President of EMEA, Bernard is responsible for the execution and development of the bank’s strategy, business activities and support functions in the EMEA region. These span corporate, commercial and investment banking, treasury services and sales and trading. He is also responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of the broad Bank of America Merrill Lynch franchise to its corporate and institutional clients across the region. Bernard chairs the firm’s EMEA Executive Committee and is a member of the Global Banking and Markets Committee.
Bernard has more than 20 years global trading and investing experience. 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 run the bank’s Asia Credit and Convertibles business, based in Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Before joining Goldman Sachs in 2000, Bernard worked as a Fixed Income Trader for Credit Suisse Financial Products in Europe and Asia, and for PricewaterhouseCoopers in audit and corporate finance.
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 sits on the Development Committee of the Royal Opera House.