Louis Chenevert was previously the CEO and Chairman of United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and became the company’s CEO and President in 2008 while being chosen as its Chairman in 2010.
He started out his career by serving with General Motors and stayed with the company for 14 years where he worked as its Product General Manager. After this, he went to work with Pratt & Whitney where he served as the company’s President for seven years. It was after this that he decided to become a part of UTC, and he made quite a difference while working with the company. In 2005, he was welcomed as a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Louis Chenevert received his Bachelor’s Of Commerce Degree in Production Management while studying at the Université de Montréal, École des hautes études commerciales, and he went on to earn a Honorary Doctorate while attending the University of Montreal. When asked where the idea for UTC came from, he commented that a spread of ideas were brought before him and others that would speak to the specific needs of customers, and this was the beginning of the company. During his time with the company, he found it important to ensure that the engineering team and other talent in the operational side of the company were the best and that they would build products that would bring profit to the company. During Louis Chenevert’s time with UTC, the F135 engine was created, the GTF engine was developed, new tech for the A-320m was developed, and new X2 technology was constructed that doubled the speed of helicopters.
Louis Chenevert is amazed and excited about how fast new technology and change in his industry is taking place. He believes that this will help UTC to grow rapidly in the future. When asked about one habit he has that makes him a more productive entrepreneur, he commented that his passion and optimism have always been key factors in his success. He also feels that it has been crucial to his productivity to stay focused on the mission at-hand while avoiding internal political struggles and the like.