//Gus Urzua, Industry Executive (Ret)
Gus Urzua, Industry Executive (Ret)

Project Description

Gus Urzua

Key Specialties

  • Product Support

  • Strategic Planning

  • Acquisition Strategy

  • Program Management


Gus Urzua

Industry Executive (Retired)

Mr. Gus Urzua has over 40 years of aircraft and aerospace experience, from an enlisted aircraft maintainer in the US Navy (USN) to the Boeing vice president and program manager of a multi-billion-dollar yearly revenue sustainment program. Under his leadership, the C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP) earned the distinction as the most successful system-level, performance-based logistics (PBL) contract in history, delivering the best readiness rates for military airlift while reducing life cycle costs.

Significant Career Accomplishments

  • Developed the original C-17 sustainment concept, which provided a totally different approach to contractor sustainment—strategy included improving aircraft availability rates, performance guarantees, public/private partnerships, award fee connections, international virtual fleet conditions—and consistently lowered life cycle costs for the USAF customer.
  • Led the USAF/Boeing stand-up of a pioneering, collaborative, performance-based working environment—the C-17 Combined Program Office at Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex (WRALC), GA.
  • Responsible for programmatic oversight of several key Boeing USAF sustainment programs, including C-17, C-32, C-40, International Tanker, and F-15.

Key Positions

  • Vice President & Program Manager, C-17 GISP, The Boeing Company
  • Vice President & General Manager, Air Force Programs—Integrated Logistics, The Boeing Company
  • Director & Program Manager, Advanced Support, The Boeing Company
  • Manager, C-17 Program, McDonnell Douglas/Boeing
  • Maintenance Analyst & Proposal Administrator, Rockwell International


  • Executive MBA, Pepperdine University
  • BS, Aviation Management, Southern Illinois at Carbondale
  • Program Management, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • FAA Certified Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic License