Some people have a natural way of transforming everything they touch. It is not an exception for Louis Chenevert. Just to summarize his career, Louis Chenevert has been successful. His most significant work of transformation was at United Technologies Corporation. Chenevert’s approach to the company’s growth was anchored on long-term visioning, innovation, and maintaining an excellent team. In essence, Chenevert is remembered for building a culture where the company focuses on people and technology.
Louis Chenevert was born in Quebec, Canada. He went to the HEC Montreal, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Production management. He worked as Production General Manager at General Motors St Therese operation. Chenevert stayed at General Motors for about fourteen years.
He joined Pratt & Whitney in 1993 gradually went up through the ranks the top echelons of management. Chenevert was elected the president and CEO of UTC in 2006. While still the president of Pratt & Whitney, Chenevert realized that GTF engine would be significant in the future. It is a vision he carried on to his role at UTC by marrying the two entities. Over $10 billion was invested in the designing and development of a modern jet engine in a period of two decades. The engine had reduced consumption by 16 percent and emissions by 50 percent.
The engine has received widespread use due to its inherent benefits. Today, Pratt & Whitney now boasts of manufacturing plants spread in New York, Maine, Michigan, Florida, Connecticut, and Georgia. The partnership has played a crucial role in creating thousands of jobs in manufacturing industry in the United States.
Today, United Technologies Corporation estimates that in three years, it will have created 25,000 jobs and 5,000 new positions that will support future growth. Chenevert was instrumental in building a workforce that has excellent skills and knowledge in various aspects of the company. A scholarship program was initiated to help employees advance their education. About $1 billion was spent in this initiative.
Chenevert has received various accolades, which include an honorary doctorate by HEC Montreal. He was named “Person of the Year,” 2011, by Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine.