Feb 21, 2011 – International Corporate Jet & Helicopter Finance 2011: William Kelly is Milestone Aviation Group Limited’s chief executive officer. Bill is an executive with a wealth of experience in global companies and brings a proven track record in leading a European private aviation enterprise.
Prior to co-founding Milestone, Bill was the chief executive officer of NetJets Europe, responsible for the largest private aviation company on the European continent. Bill previously spent six years at NetJets Europe in other key organisational roles, including stints as chief operating officer and chief financial officer. As COO, he had accountability for flight operations, aircraft maintenance, scheduling, logistics and owner services. In these roles, he was instrumental in the rapid growth and turn to profitability of NetJets Europe, which owned and operated more than 150 private jets at its peak.
Bill began his career with KPMG in 1989 and is an ACA (member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland) as well as a FCA (Fellow in the Institute). In 1994, he joined Procter & Gamble, working in several finance-related roles around the world in various industry sectors, ultimately achieving the title of chief financial officer of the company’s North America Fine Fragrances Division. He was actively involved in the restructuring of the North American business from a standalone 300-person business to a seven-person distributor model. Prior to arriving at NetJets Europe, Bill also was a senior member of the finance team at a mobile Internet subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom Germany.
Bill obtained his LLB Honours Degree in Law from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.