Karl De Abrew – CEO, Founder & President of Foxit SDK BU
PDF has been a passion for PDF industry pioneer Karl De Abrew for almost 20 years. In that time, he’s been an innovator, evangelist, pundit, software architect and entrepreneur. Karl founded one of the very first third-party plug-in developers, and was responsible for building PDF software and community hubs Planet PDF and PDF Store. He also played key leadership roles at numerous PDF, development and publishing conferences around the world. Among his many achievements, Karl led the development of the first true Acrobat alternative as founder and CEO of Nitro PDF Software.
As the now President of Foxit SDK BU & Debenu CEO, Karl is responsible for driving innovation and overseeing the company’s overall direction. His vision has spurred significant growth, both organically and through strategic acquisitions (including his own). Under his leadership, Debenu has doubled in size since 2013, with offices in Melbourne, Dublin and Johannesburg. Today, the total installed user base for technology numbers in the millions.
Since creating Debenu with Rowan Hanna & Susana De Abrew in 2007, Karl has led Debenu to the acquisition of technology, resources and key personnel. He has effectively leveraged these assets to build Debenu into an industry-leading technology company that produces top-of-the-line developer toolkits (Debenu Quick PDF Library), plug-ins (Debenu PDF Aerialist), and desktop applications (Debenu PDF Tools). He is also passionate about bringing Debenu Quick PDF Library into the mobile arena with native Android and iOS support.