Louis Chenevert is known as the man who lifted United Technologies Corporation (UTC) up to be the company it is today. He started his professional life by attending HEC Montréal, which is an affiliated Business School of University of Montreal. It was there that he obtained his Bachelor’s of Commerce Degree in Business Production Management. He went on to receive Honorary Doctorate from, both, HEC Montréal and Concordia University. After this, he worked for General Motors for 14 years as its Production General Manager. In this position, he helped to ensure that the company’s production department and inner workings went smoothly.
As Louis Chenevert continued to add to his skills and expertise, an opening appeared at Pratt & Whitney. The company’s work was focused in the aerospace manufacturing industry, and it desperately needed some stronger leadership. Chenevert started out by working in the company’s Canadian branch, and he managed to help Pratt & Whitney get through a tough financial time. Just six years after coming aboard with the company, he was elected its President. The work he did during this time and after began to catch the attention of some of the leadership at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), which Pratt & Whitney was a subsidiary of. Chenevert quickly became the Chairman of UTC and then worked his way up to become its CEO.
Louis Chenevert helped to usher in a new era for UTC, and it was through his leadership and knack for innovation that the company’s bottom line improved dramatically. He was a large part of the creation of the Geared Turbo Fan Engine, which helped to reduce fuel consumption by 20%, reduced noise levels by 50%, and could, be built at a much lower cost. He was also responsible and at the head of the acquisition of Goodrich aerospace, which was known to be the largest acquisition ever at the time that it happened. It was a deal worth $18 billion, and it changed the direction that UTC would take for years to come.
Louis Chenevert will always be remembered as the innovative genius who made UTC what it is today.