The Cranmore core team is supported by a panel of senior advisors, who are exclusive to us on project advisory, and who are often global leaders in their respective fields. These include C-suite experience on corporate strategy, partnerships, financing and M&A transactions, in a wide range of sectors, including renewables, telecoms, construction, cement, and export finance. Based in Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, and Madrid, our senior advisors further extend the breadth and depth of geographical coverage already offered by the core team.
Roberto de Diego Arozamena
Roberto de Diego Arozamena is an international executive with over 30 years in management, M&A, restructuring and transformation in the telecommunications, renewable energy, IT, industrial and infrastructure sectors.
In his role as President of BT Europe and President of Sales and Service for BT Ignite, Roberto was responsible for a 6.4 billion euro international business. He also led the transformation of multiple acquisitions into a single organization while carving out the mobile telecommunications from the corporate business. As CEO of BT Spain, he was named Best CEO of BT Europe and also obtained the highest employee motivation metrics in BT Group.
Roberto has established two startup companies and obtained the first positive results in the history of Jazztel (which was subsequently sold to Orange). He has experience in strategy, financing, continuous improvement, business development and high level negotiations.
Prior to joining Cranmore, he was responsible for the creation of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and Environmental Services, where Roberto led the acquisition of a leading renewable energy developer with presence in 17 countries as well as creating a water desalination development company. He has been, CEO of ALJ Energy and Environmental Services (based in Dubai), CEO of Jazztel Plc, CEO of BT Spain, President of BT Europe, President of Sales and Services of BT Ignite and President for Europe Middle East and Africa for NCR Networking Solutions and Solfocus.
Roberto holds an MBA from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He participates as Board member of several companies and has been a speaker at energy, telecommunications and financing forums.
A veteran senior executive, Mehmet spent over 20 years leading Turkey’s largest industrial ventures and conglomerates, with a particular focus on the energy and cement sectors. Specialising in corporate strategy, human resources for complex organisations, as well as generational transition strategies, Mehmet started his career in 1983. After assuming senior roles at steel and construction materials companies both in Turkey and globally, in 2003 he was appointed General Manager of Akçansa, the Heidelberg – Sabancı Holding JV and the largest cement manufacturer in Turkey.
This move marked the beginning of a long career at Sabancı Holding, one of Turkey’s largest conglomerates, culminating with the role of CEO from March 2017 to July 2019. Majority-owned by the Sabancı family, Sabancı Holding and its 11 listed subsidiaries represent roughly 8% of the total market capitalization of the Turkish equity market. During his long tenure at Sabancı, Mehmet held numerous strategic roles including: Holding Head of Human Resources (2008-9); Holding Cement Group President (2009-14); Holding Energy Group President (2014-17); Holding CEO (2017-19). Born in 1957, Mehmet Göçmen is a Galatasaray High School alumnus. After graduating from Middle East Technical University with a BSc in Industrial Engineering, he earned an MSc from Syracuse University’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Operational Research.
Peter has over 25 years of experience in project and export finance. He has managed and arranged finance for projects around world and has expertise in power (thermal, hydro, nuclear and renewable), transportation (rail, shipping, aircraft, bus rapid systems), infrastructure (roads, airports, ports, hospitals and real estate), telecommunications (including satellites and undersea cabling) and oil and gas (onshore and offshore including LNG).
He has worked with over 20 ECAs during his career, developing this product alongside debt capital markets, multilateral loan financing, Islamic debt financing and, more recently, equity participation. Prior to joining Cranmore Partners, Peter had a 40-year career with HSBC, culminating as Global Head of Export Finance and Forfaiting. In this position, he led HSBC’s franchise to the number one position in its industry for seven years running, achieving an annual volume of $10-12bn in ECA-backed financing per annum, equivalent to 10% market share.
Peter managed a team of over 70 Project and Export Finance professionals globally, including teams in London, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Duesseldorf, Beijing, Hong Kong, Dubai, Tokyo and New York. His team pioneered many innovative ECA structures, including the first Islamic-based export credit, the first ECA-wrapped bond, the first renminbi and rouble financings and the first corporate structures in the UAE, Russia and China. Peter has built strong senior level contacts within various governments, investors, ECAs, corporates and financial institutions over his career. This has included discussing ECA finance with the US Treasury Department and the UK, French and German Treasuries. He has a proven record of negotiating special terms and conditions from ECAs and their respective Ministries in support of competitive project financing.
He is also highly experienced in leading ECA transactions on strategic projects located in “frontier jurisdictions”. Since leaving HSBC in 2017, Peter has held a board-level position with Anglo Gulf Trade Bank, a digitally-based trade finance bank headquartered in Abu Dhabi, whose principal shareholders are Mubadala and a private British concern. He is a linguist with a language and literature degree from Kingston upon Hull University (German and Dutch) and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Banking (UK).
Kurt has more than 15 years of experience in management consulting and transaction advisory, with a focus on the infrastructure sector in Southern Africa. He serves on the Board of Directors of a black-owned boutique management consultancy based in South Africa that is active in the areas of infrastructure, energy, telecoms and media.
Previously, he served as the Head of Strategy at Aveng Ltd, the leading infrastructure company in Africa, and was responsible for Aveng`s entry in the renewable energy sector (solar and wind projects) through a joint-venture with Accciona Energia. At Aveng, Kurt actively worked on a number of acquisitions throughout the group`s value chain with a focus on the Power and Water sectors in SSA and the Middle East. Prior to his tenure at Aveng, Kurt worked at McKinsey & Company, consulting for several blue-chip European companies in the financial, steel and telecom industries.
Kurt has a strong knowledge of and experience in strategy, corporate and project finance, corporate restructuring and digital and program management across a variety of different sectors including construction, manufacturing, water, telecom, oil&gas, power, engineering and steel. He holds a CFA, an MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Gent, a BSc in Industrial Engineering, and an MBA from the University of Brussels (Solvay).