“You are only as good as the sum of your team,” were words spoken by Louis Chenevert – one of the most profound and influential Chief Executive Officers to ever take the helm at United Technologies Corporation. While Louis Chenevert eventually rose to the top of the multinational conglomerate, United Technologies Corporation, his ascension did not occur overnight, as he is a product of somewhat meager beginnings. Throughout the course of his career, which has seen many major successes, including revolutionizing the aerospace industry during his time at Pratt & Whitney Canada, as well as with United Technologies Corporation, Louis Chenevert has relied on hard work and dedication in order to see his goals through. Louis Chenevert was born in Quebec, Montreal in 1958, and as a youth, he quickly developed his skill for entrepreneurship and business, eventually landing at the University of Montreal, where he attended HEC Montreal Business School where he majored in production management.
It was during Louis Chenevert’s tenure with General Motors where he was in charge of the assembly line, that he learned many of the skills that would later help him to transform United Technologies Corporation, and the aerospace industry as a whole, with the introduction of the geared turbofan engine. After fourteen years with General Motors, Louis Chenevert became a part of the team at Pratt & Whitney Canada, a subsidiary of Pratt & Whitney, in 1993. By 2006, Mr. Chenevert had joined United Technologies Corporation, the parent company of Pratt & Whitney, bringing with him his visions for what was once considered to be a “pet project,” the new geared turbofan engine. With the introduction of the geared turbofan engine, emissions were decreased by nearly 20 percent, while fuel consumption was cut in half, helping to establish United Technologies Corporation as a leader in the aerospace industry.