Louis Chenevert is a prominent Canadian businessman who has achieved a lot in his career. He started off as a junior officer and grew through the ranks to hold the highest offices in the organizations he worked. Born in 1958, Chenevert grew in Montreal, Quebec, where during his childhood years he showed much interest in entrepreneurship. This made him work hard in school and he eventually joined the HEC Montreal Business School, an affiliate of the University of Montreal where he did Production Management.
Further, after his studies, Louis Chenevert was employed by Guy Hachey at the General Motors that was based in St. Therese, Quebec. He would then be promoted to be in charge of the company which saw him become Hachey’s executive officer. Furthermore, Chenevert spent 14 years at the General Motors Plant before exiting as he felt he wanted a career change in the aerospace industry. Again, it was another colleague by the name Karl Krapek who was later appointed as the UTC’S president and CEO that advised Chenevert to switch careers in the aerospace industry.
Louis Chenevert joined the Pratt & Whitney PWC in 1993, which was an engine manufacturing company for aircraft. In 1996, Chenevert left the PWC after he was appointed to head the P&W as the executive president in the operations department. The businessman was again elected as the president of the company in 1999 where he was involved in its improvement and profitability. Also, April 2008 saw Chenevert appointed as the president and CEO of the UTC after the retirement of George David.
About Louis Chenevert’s Leadership at the UTC
Louis Chenevert employed the same leadership skills he had used in his previous organizations to govern the UTC. He helped the company survive during a time that many of the organizations were cutting costs and downsizing due to the economic recession. Chenevert realized that his counterparts in the business would compromise on their quality as they were relocating to countries that would have cheaper labor where he took the necessary measures to save UTC. Additionally, he did this by directing the company’s production to the United States and by placing the engineers to a centralized place, hence maintaining the product’s quality.