Embraer has named Robert Knebel Vice-President, Executive Aircraft Sales for U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. He will lead the field-based team of regional sales managers throughout North America. He will be also responsible for operational areas in the new Executive Jets Customer Center in Melbourne, Florida, including the New Aircraft Contracts and Specification functions.
Currently based in Fort Lauderdale, FL (Embraer’s U.S. headquarters), Knebel will move with his team to Embraer’s new facility in Melbourne, FL, which is in the final stages of completion.
“Robert is a seasoned aviation sales professional and his knowledge of the executive jet business is the result of more than 30 years in the industry,” said Ernest Edwards, Embraer President Executive Jets. “I’m confident that his experience in the fractional sector over the past seven years will bring wisdom to our business and guide us as we move forward.”
Knebel started his career in various sales and general management roles with Gates Learjet, Securaplane and Cessna Citation. He advanced to executive aviation management and sales positions for some of the leading aircraft manufacturers.
Knebel is an experienced private pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings as well as a Cessna Citation type-rating.