Based in London, Esem Wood will focus on the West African market and will report to Henry Fischel-Bock, Managing Director and Head of Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) and Offshore Africa.
Prior to joining Barclays, Francis was a Managing Director at JHX Management Limited where he was responsible for establishing key relationships to drive business in Africa. Previous to that he was CEO in the investment bank of First City Monument Bank in Lagos, and has had several high profile roles at Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch.
Fischel-Bock commented: 'Francis has an excellent industry reputation and significant expertise in debt markets and private client management. A dual Ghanaian and UK national, Francis has extensive networks and experience in West Africa which will significantly complement our existing team and further bolster our growth prospects in this region'.
Nomkhita Nqweni, Managing Director and Market Manager, Africa, added: 'We are delighted that Francis has joined Barclays and his appointment reinforces our commitment and strategic focus into growth markets, with Africa being a core key priority for the business'.