Louis Chênevert retired from United Technologies Corporation in November of 2014. He started with the company in March 2006 as a director before becoming the CEO and President in April 2008 and then in January 2010 a chairman. Before becoming a director at UTC, he held the position of President at Pratt & Whitney from 1999 until March 2006. The 14 years prior to Pratt & Whitney were spent at General Motors where he held the position of Production General Manager at their St. Therese location.
Louis Chênevert received his bachelor’s degree at the Universite de Montreal in production management. Louis Chênevert has been an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics fellow since being inducted in 2005. In 2011, the University of Montreal presented Louis Chênevert with an Honorary Doctorate. Recently, in 2017, he began serving the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation as the Chairman.
Some of the reasons Louis Chênevert believes he has managed to achieve success as an entrepreneur are his ability to retain strong focus, his passion, optimism, and the fact that he has no problem spending as much time as he needs pushing his agenda in order to accomplish his goals. He also knows the importance of teamwork when it comes to achieving success and he makes sure to surround himself with winners and people who are as driven as himself. By making sure he is around people who want to succeed as well as making sure his teammates have whatever they need to accomplish their goals, he and his businesses are able to deliver on their promises to their customers.
While employed as a first line supervisor at a General Motors plant, he learned how important it was to listen to the people at the company. Louis Chênevert thinks that most people want to make a difference, but management won’t take the time to listen to their ideas. In order to obtain success, Louis Chênevert believes you must have a good team and know how to work together successfully.