Board Member John Vitalo

John Vitalo

John Vitalo is Chairman of Zazu Africa Ltd., a digital bank that is working to provide financial access and education to unbanked and under-banked populations in Africa.  He was CEO of Atlas Mara Ltd., acquiring and turning around banks in Africa, from July 2014 through February 2017. Before Atlas Mara he was at Barclays PLC where he was CEO of the Middle East & North Africa since May 2009.  His prior roles at Barclays included CEO of Absa Capital (based in Johannesburg) and COO of Global Markets and COO of Emerging Markets (both based in London). Vitalo joined Barclays in 2002 from Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB), where he worked for 10 years in investment banking and trading roles in London and New York.  Before CSFB he worked in Mergers & Acquisitions at Gleacher & Co. and Private Equity at Morgan Stanley & Co., both in New York.

Vitalo graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business with a BSBA in finance and international management.  He served in the United States Marine Corps before attending Georgetown.