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Vik Krishnan

Partner, Bay Area
Advises companies in the aviation, travel, and aerospace sectors on operational-performance improvement, digital transformation, and growth

About Vik

Vik draws on more than 20 years of consulting experience across multiple functional areas in travel, logistics, and infrastructure to advise organizations as they design networks, improve pricing sophistication, drive better on-time performance, and schedule crews efficiently.

Examples of his recent client work include the following:

  • identifying process and cost-improvement opportunities for a major Latin American low-cost airline to achieve top-tier cost performance
  • evaluating an airline target for potential acquisition for a major private-equity fund, which included assessing the target’s business plan, case for growth, revenue, partnership and network optimization potential, and cost-reduction opportunities
  • assessing the US aircraft ground-handling market for a prospective private-equity investor, including growth potential, customer priorities in handler selection, and airport dynamics
  • leading an outside-in review of a potential $15 billion-plus investment program on behalf of the board of directors of a large aerospace OEM
  • assessing the implications of production rate changes on customer dynamics and cash flow for an aerospace OEM
  • developing a resource-deployment and utilization plan across the organization of a global top ten hub airport to improve customer experience and prepare for future demand growth
  • developing a plan to improve operational throughput and collaboration for the primary hub airline of major Asian airport group, driving 30 percent higher slot capacity at peak departure times
  • identifying opportunities to expand the duty-free business for a Middle Eastern airport operator


The path to recovery for US hospitality,” McKinsey & Company, June 2021

Published work

A playbook for newly minted private equity portfolio-company CEOs,” McKinsey & Company, September 2021

A travel boom is looming. But is the industry ready?,” McKinsey & Company, July 2021

The comeback of corporate travel: How should companies be planning?,” McKinsey & Company, July 2021

Will airline hubs recover from COVID-19?,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

For corporate travel, a long recovery ahead,” McKinsey & Company, August 2020

Hospitality and COVID-19: How long until ‘no vacancy’ for US hotels?,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

Coronavirus: Airlines brace for severe turbulence,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020


Oliver Wyman
Partner, global aviation sector lead


Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
MBA, operations and information management, strategic management (Palmer Scholar)

Dartmouth College
BA, economics