Born in Canada, Louis Chenevert was educated at the University of Montreal’s business school. Chenevert has had a long and varied career. He spent over a decade at General Motors’ facility in St. Therese, Quebec. After that, he moved to Pratt and Whitney in 1993.
Chenevert’s time at Pratt and Whitney features some of the early highlights of his career in business. While there, he worked on the GTF. This was an option for the Airbus aircraft. It was one of the biggest projects that he worked on. Chenevert served as President of Pratt and Whitney from 1999 through 2006. During that time, he became a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Louis Chenevert really hit his stride, though, during his time as President and CEO of United Technologies Corporation. While at UTC, he helped drive gains. He was there during the recession that began in 2008, a difficult time period that he nonetheless made the most of.
For example, Chenevert handled the acquisition of Goodrich by UTC. This was a sensitive deal that took a lot of skill to put together. Negotiations took over a year, but Chenevert was able to see the transaction through. Not many executives have his tact or attention to detail.
At UTC, Chenevert also emphasized the importance of investing in the future. By acquiring capital goods and developing new technology, he ensured that UTC had a bright future. His commitment to high quality helped to grow the company’s supply chain and manufacturing in the US. This is in sharp contrast to so many other companies and industries, which were scaling back or moving jobs overseas during the same time period.
Chenevert has become a business legend for good reason. His accomplishments speak for themselves. In addition to all of his business successes, Louis Chenevert makes it a point to give back. He is the Chair for the Yale Cancer Center’s Advisory Board, and for HEC Montreal’s International Advisory Board.