Peter Cameron Gordon, Executive
Peter is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years international experience in business, banking, corporate finance and professional practice. He has strong involvement in global markets, risk assessment, business recovery, wholesale and retail banking, African expansion, company turnarounds, consultancy, M&A, capital raising, corporate finance, management and training.
Peter has run Crest Capital, a corporate finance and risk business, for the past 16 years. Within Crest he specialises in M&A, capital raising and business turnaround. He is a senior business rescue practitioner. Peter’s turnaround experience dates back to 1992 when he joined NatWest Bank – London, tasked with sorting out financially distressed companies.
In 2010 he was appointed as Executive Chair of a failing listed financial services group which had been subjected to management fraud. More recently he has been involved in business rescues, capital raising and business disposals. He advises clients on corporate strategy, restructuring and risk evaluation.
Peter has worked extensively with SMME’s in the emerging market, and has developed and run a mentorship programme for a ZAR250 million BBBEE investment fund covering around eighty investments across many industries with a country wide team of thirty mentors. He has advised DFI’s and local banks on a number of significant development projects and investments. He has run training programmes for up and coming bankers and corporate finance aspirants.
Prior to forming Crest, Peter was an executive member of Absa Capital where he carried executive responsibility for all Absa’s foreign operations across Europe, Far East and Africa, outside of South Africa. He was a main board director of all Absa’s foreign subsidiary banks and enjoyed a credit mandate at executive level. Prior roles at Absa included Head – Mining Finance Division, Head – Africa operations, a member of the Project Finance Team and client facing responsibility for Absa’s distressed corporate debt. He was instrumental in expanding Absa’s sub-Saharan footprint working alongside the IFC.
Peter qualified as a chartered accountant in 1984. He left the Region in 1987 moving to London where he worked in the financial sector for 9 years before returning to SA. He is current chair of Macquarie Securities South Africa Limited and a board member of Ascon Africa. His pro-bono appointments include past chair of The Thembani International Guarantee Fund, an NGO providing financial assistance to disenfranchised communities, and head of the finance committee at St Johns College – Johannesburg.
Peter has substantial agricultural experience, having been involved with a number of farming clients in the Region. His mining experience includes having headed the mining division at Absa, which provided funding to a number of the post-1994 mining groups, including ARM and Exxaro.
Peter has been an integral part of the Engaged BT team since the beginning of 2019.