:Management Consulting
:Interim Management

Broad generalist tool kit with depth in Aerospace, Airlines, Airports, Travel and Transportation




  • Benchmarking
  • Business plan development
  • Business plan validation
  • Carve-out assessment and planning
  • Distribution strategy
  • Due diligence
  • Expert witness support
  • Market assessments
  • Market entry strategy
  • Industry analysis
  • Network strategy
  • Organization effectiveness, design and transformation
  • Revenue enhancement
  • Strategic audit/review


  • Operational planning
  • Operations control centers (design, effectiveness, performance management)
  • Reliability improvement
  • Pre-/post-merger integration support
  • Process re-design
  • Procurement (strategic sourcing, process transformation)
  • Productivity improvement
  • Profitability improvement
  • Restructuring
  • SG&A reduction
  • Supply chain design


  • Financial analysis/financial modeling
  • Operations modeling
  • Data visualization


  • PMO mechanisms and reporting
  • Communications and change management



  • New aircraft programs
  • Manufacturing
  • Suppliers
  • Air traffic management


  • Parking
  • Operations control
  • Cargo


  • On-time performance improvement
  • Organization structure effectiveness
  • Operations control
  • Operations consolidation
  • Cargo
  • Disruption management
  • Loyalty
  • Network strategy


  • Travel technology
  • CEP (courier, express and parcel)
  • Rail
  • Freight forwarding
  • Ocean shipping
  • Customs brokerage

Pragmatic, objective and down-to-earth working style, focused on delivering actionable recommendations and tangible results

Effective communications (logical writing and thinking based on the Pyramid Principle)

Strong relationship development skills, advising C-level executives and senior management but also working and communicating effectively across all levels of an organization (board members to the shop floor)

Over 50 completed projects worldwide in multiple functional areas

Clients vary from the Fortune 50 to small startups


Sample of recent projects:

  • Developed disruption management strategy for an airline; included proactive customer re-accommodation processes, broad operations control center improvements, and development of initiatives to improve on-time performance
  • Evaluated overall organization structure and effectiveness for an airline; provided specific recommendations to change management structure for greater effectiveness and faster decision-making, with identified USD 5MM per year bottom line impact
  • Assessed viability of new airline ancillaries sales platform; included market/industry validation, client capabilities assessment and expected product P&L evolution

About Gus (GUSTAVO) Freitag

I have had my own management consulting practice since late 2012 after over twelve years with A.T. Kearney and Oliver Wyman’s Aviation Practice, where I managed strategy, due diligence, restructuring/operations improvement and cost reduction projects primarily in the aviation, aerospace and surface transportation sectors. My projects to date have been based in 16 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and the South Pacific. I was a flight test engineer prior to management consulting, and am still an aviation geek at heart.

Travel and diverse cultures are my passions, with the goal of someday visiting all countries in the world – currently at 98 and counting. My alma maters are the University of Michigan (go blue!) and London Business School. Born in Brazil, I speak fluent English and Brazilian Portuguese, as well as business level Spanish and German. I am also learning French.

While the world is my playground, the Lake Tahoe area is now home. When not on the road, I enjoy my free time cycling, paddling, snowboarding, skiing, cooking, playing classical piano, and am most recently improving my photography skills - check out my photo blog.



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