Gerrit Basson, an Australian national, was born in Pretoria, South Africa. After university, Gerrit worked in the Information Technology sector, with roles in software engineering, sales and general management. He held the position of Managing Director of Persetel, a division on South Africa’s largest publicly listed IT company at the time. Gerrit moved to Australia and worked with a start-up software company to develop and sell transportation and logistics software to large logistics firms.
In August 2003, Gerrit moved into the business aviation industry, joining Sydney-based ExecuJet Australia Pty as Director of International Projects and Sales. In 2004, Gerrit transferred to Zurich, Switzerland, in the newly created role of Group Chief Operating Officer at ExecuJet Aviation Group AG and was responsible for the evolution of ExecuJet during a period of rapid growth. He became Group Managing Director of ExecuJet Aviation Group in 2007 and in 2010 moved back to Australia for two years.
In 2012, Gerrit was appointed again as Group Chief Operating Officer and took on the additional role of Managing Director of ExecuJet Europe in 2013, before being appointed President of ExecuJet Aviation Group in July 2014.
In May 2015, Gerrit was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of ExecuJet Aviation Group after the company’s acquisition by Luxaviation Group, tasked with leading the Group through another period of fast growth and integration.
Gerrit holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pretoria, a postgraduate diploma in Higher Education and a Master’s degree in Business Leadership.