Karl Kebert, co-founder of Starlite Aviation Group, holds the position of Vice Chairman and Executive Board Member for Starlite Aviation Group. A visionary, successful and accomplished businessman, and entrepreneur, his strengths lie in planning and building the Company for future endeavours and expansion. He has been the driving force in many business ventures over the past five decades.
Born in Vienna, Austria, Karl immigrated to South Africa in 1967 and began his career as a Mechanical Engineer. He then went on to work for Pepsi Cola in Libya and on his return to South Africa in 1976, formed his own fruit juice business. After three years, he went into partnership with Anglo American farms with the well-known Fruitree brand. After they sold the business to Appletiser, Karl established the Montic Dairy in 1984. This company is still a thriving and ever-expanding milk processing and packaging company.
In 1996, Karl obtained his helicopter pilot licence and purchased his own aircraft. It was at this time that he met co-founder of the Company Slade Thomas. Together they formed a partnership and established Starlite Aviation Group. Having bought two Puma helicopters in 1999, Starlite was awarded their first significant contract in 2000, working for the WFP in support of the Mozambique floods victims. Karl is also rated on the R22, R44, EC120, Bell407 and the Puma 330J.
In his current role, Karl continues to mentor and advise the Board, Directors and Managers.
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