Throughout the course of his career, Louis Chenevert has always been considered a team-first guy, even stating that “you are only as good as the sum of your team.” This statement reflects a mantra that has followed Louis Chenevert in every position that he has held – starting with his growth as an employee of General Motors, to 2006, when he joined United Technologies Corporation as the Chairman. Although today, Louis Chenevert is recognized as a titan of the aerospace industry, his rise to the top as the Chief Executive Officer of United Technologies Corporation came with years of hard work and dedication. Born in 1958 in Quebec, Montreal, Louis Chenevert displayed an early interest in business, as well as entrepreneurship, and by the time he’d decided to attend college at the University of Montreal, he had his mind set on utilizing his unique skill set to improve efficiency in each facet of the business world that he entered. After graduating from HEC Montreal School of Business, Louis Chenevert began working for General Motors – a career decision that would last for fourteen years, and pay tremendous dividends.
At the behest of a friend, Louis Chenevert decided to join the aerospace industry, securing a position with Pratt & Whitney Canada – a subsidiary of Pratt & Whitney, which is, in itself, a branch of United Technologies Corporation. After rising through the ranks, Louis Chenevert came across a developmental project for a new plane engine, which he would eventually take with him upon joining United Technologies Corporation, and develop into the groundbreaking, geared turbofan engine. The geared turbofan engine, which took over $10 billion to develop, would eventually become a staple in the aerospace industry, as today it is used in over 70 aircraft, by 14 different airlines. Louis Chenevert’s ability as a leader, as well as his adroitness at identifying problems with manufacturing quickly, in effect, improving production exponentially, are what has consistently separated him from his contemporaries. Today, United Technologies Corporation is one of the most renowned multinational entities in existence, and Pratt & Whitney has once again become a major factor throughout the aerospace industry.