Tilmann Gabriel

Interim CEO, CTO, CSO, COO, Turnaround

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A former senior aviation executive with over 35 years of demonstrated results in the aviation industry, a Lufthansa Executive and Training Captain for 20 years, Tilmann Gabriel is one of the few Interim Executives and Consultants in the world, who has earned a reputation for driving business success, profit, and market share in aviation and the related industries. He is regarded as a curator of sustained growth for leading airlines, as well as start-ups, business jet and helicopter operations and aircraft and parts manufacturers. He has created dramatic results for clients such as Cargolux, CHC, Safi Airways and Qatar Airways, and was most recently appointed Director of the renowned Air Transport Management Masters Degree programs of the London City University.

A global Interim Executive and Board Member with leadership experience in European, American, Middle Eastern, and African markets, Gabriel reinforces a safety culture environment while cultivating leadership, integrity and individual responsibility, with years of experience as Airline Accountable/Postholder. With his extensive global aviation expertise, Gabriel is familiar with complex cultural, political, and bureaucratic challenges, and utilizes his expansive intercultural and international business acumen to team-build, reach consensus and create world-class alliances.

In addition, Gabriel specializes in identifying new markets in the travel industry and establishing competitive positioning within those markets, designing and implementing individualized, innovative strategies that increase margins and EBITDA while minimizing risks and safety hazards. Continual improvement of cross-functional processes and procedures are central to his concept.

An avid speaker at international aviation, marketing and safety conferences, and columnist for several magazines, Gabriel is considered the thought leader in his field and is writing and researching about the future opportunities in air transport and travel systems.



Company Stage Focus: Startup, Early Stage, Late Stage Venture Funded, Private Equity Backed, Turnaround/Distressed, Public, Private, Family Owned

CEO, Safi Airways

First ICAO compliant, profitable Afghan Airline

Interim CEO/President, CHC Europe

Integrated and restructured five EU Heli Operations into a profitable organization, major tender wins

Interim Accountable EVP Qatar Airways

Building a new brand Qatar Executive for Qatar Airways, new global BizJet operation, with large aircraft order and roll-over strategies

Interim COO, Consultant, Cargolux

Designing new 747-8 MRO for Cargolux

Interim CCO Plaza Hotel Berlin

Developing new sales and marketing tools for prominent hotel in Berlin


• EVP/Accountable of Qatar Executive, Qatar Airways new Executive Aircraft Operation
• Founding CEO/President of Royal Jet, first commercial Business Aircraft Operation in Middle East
• Founding CEO/President of several Lufthansa Joint Ventures
• CEO/President of Safi Airways, first ICAO compliant Afghan Airline
• Several awards on training, service, safety excellence


• LH Training Company Arizona
• Safi Airways
• CHC Europe
• NBAA Training and Safety Committee

Years Executive Experience: (22)
# of Interim Roles: (6)
# of Board Roles: (4)
Company Size: ($501M-$1B)

• Board Advisory
• Building a Management Team
• Corporate Development
• Corporate Governance
• International Business
• Joint Ventures
• M&A – Acquisition Integration
• Budget, Cost & Internal Controls
• Business Valuation
• Investment Advisory
• Risk Management
• Turnaround: Corporate Finance
• Distribution
• Logistics
• Offshore Development
• Process Improvement
• B2B, B2C Marketing
• E-Commerce
• Global Expansion
• Corporate Negotiation
• Operations: Cost
• Outsourcing
• Emergency Response Planning
• Social Media Design
• Inbound Marketing
• Market, Media, Conference presentations
• Technology Team Development
• Turnaround – Crisis Management

• Aerospace/Defense
• Airline
• Airport and Aviation
• Business Services
• Crisis Management
• E-Commerce
• Executive Search
• International Business Development
• Management Consulting
• Non-Profit Organizations
• Security
• Risk and Compliance
• Sports
• Transportation and Logistics
• Turnaround