Robin Riedel

Robin is an Partner in McKinsey’s San Francisco office. He joined the firm in 2010 and is a leader in the Firm’s Travel, Logistics & Infrastructure practice, Aerospace & Defense practice and the McKinsey Center for the Future of Mobility. He leads the Disruptive Aerospace sector for McKinsey, including UAV/UAS, AAM/UAM, supersonic/hypersonic and sustainability aviation.

Recent Experience

  • Assessing the business plans of multiple drone and eVTOLplayers for investors, including commercial and technical diligence
  • Developing the digital operating platform strategy and requirements for an eVTOLplayer
  • Evaluating the future air mobility market opportunities for multiple infrastructure players
  • Understanding public perception of UAV and UAM for a major aviation regulator
  • Developing a strategic assessment on the evolving UAM and UAS markets for an ANSP
  • Developing the entry into “future of aviation segments” strategies for multiple aerospace and automotive OEMs
  • Leading our proprietary internal research on future air mobility, including market sizing, cost modelling and network design
  • Published a range of perspectives on future air mobility
  • Standing up a digital factory at a large aerospace player to transform its services business
  • Broadly transforming of the overall business of multiple air carriers, covering operations, commercial and headquarters areasaswell as overall organisation, culture and stakeholder management
  • Developing the strategy and supported the execution of a large aviation services provider into adjacent segments
  • Developing the services strategy for aerospace players, including market, capability assessment and inorganic growth market scans


Prior to joining McKinsey Robin held multiple department head roles at a major airline, both in the commercial and operations branches. He received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science in Aeronautics & Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is also a certified airline pilot on the Airbus A320 series