Today, Louis Chenevert’s name is synonymous with the meteoric rise of United Technologies Corporation, which, during his tenure, saw its largest growth period since its inception. Despite rising through the ranks of renowned institutions such as General Motors, as well as Pratt & Whitney Canada, Louis Chenevert’s incredible business mind was sparked during his youth, as a child in Montreal, Quebec. Born in 1958, he learned early in life about the fruits of hard work and dedication, taking his passion for business to HEC Montreal Business School, where he studied production management. The overall efficiency of a company that produces goods, is often determined by the quality of its production management – an idea that Mr. Chenevert took to heart.
Upon gaining employment with the Canadian branch of General Motors, Louis Chenevert was placed in charge of the assembly line, where he learned the intricacies of the process, often emphasizing close attention to detail, while also having to make prompt decisions due to the speed at which the vehicles were being assembled. Louis Chenevert would remain with General Motors for 14 years, after which, feeling that it was time for a change, he, along with Karl Krapek, made the switch to the aerospace industry, joining Pratt & Whitney Canada. This decision would go on to change Mr. Chenevert’s career trajectory forever.
In 1999, Louis Chenevert was named President of Pratt & Whitney, turning the fledgling business around almost immediately. Pratt & Whitney is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, and upon hearing of the drastic changes made Mr. Chenevert, the parent company soon called for his services. In 2006, after becoming the chairman of United Technologies Corporation, he began prioritizing the production of a new geared turbofan engine, which he had worked closely on during his time with Pratt & Whitney. As the Chief Executive Officer of United Technologies Corporation, Louis Chenevert would invest billions in the development of the geared turbofan engine, feeling that its completion would revolutionize the aerospace industry. Today, the Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engine, which cuts fuel consumption by 16 percent and fuel emission by 50 percent, is used by “more than 14 airlines on over 70 aircraft.”