Anyone who is in the know within the aerospace industry should be aware of Louis Chenevert in some capacity or another. It is no secret that during his career he reshaped the way the entire aerospace industry worked for the foreseeable future. Much of his success was a result of his education and experience which began in Montreal, Quebec. In 1979 he became a graduate from HEC Montreal, where Chenevert earned his bachelor’s of business administration degree in production management. Later in life, he also was awarded an honoree doctorate from Concordia University in 2014.
From there he began his working career at General Motors where he remained a general productions manager for fourteen years. After his time at GM, Chenevert joined Pratt & Whitney Canada in the year 1993. Six years later he was elected vice president of operations and eventually president of Pratt & Whitney as a whole. Chenevery with years of experience under him at this point, continued to rise in the ranks moving to join United Technologies Corporation where he was elected chief operating officer, president, and director. As his last major career move while at UTC, Chenevert was elected President and Chief Executive Officer in 2008 then Chairman in 2010 until he retired in November of 2014.
His expertise in operations led him to married Pratt & Whitney with UTC which resulted in the development of several innovations that catapulted the company to the forefront of the industry. It was no secret that Chenevert was an innovative visionary. The proof is in his continued to invest in a particular GTF engine he recalled back in Pratt & Whitney days. It pushed for an investment of over $10 billion and in two decades resulted in an engine that consumed 16% less fuel and produced 50% fewer emissions. It is now flown by 14 airlines on more than 70 aircraft around the world.
In addition to his production prowess, Chenevert is big on supporting people, and this isn’t limited to the people who work at UTC, but also its suppliers domestically. His visions have helped to ensure that UTC as a whole sees growth for years to come.