Louis Chenevert is an entrepreneur and businessman. His interest in such pursuits began at an early age and he somehow knew that if he always worked hard with a high level of dedication and determination, he would find success in life. He majored in Production Management at the University of Montreal HEC Montreal Business School, earning a degree in the subject.
With his college education under his belt he made his first foray into the business world with General Motors at St. Therese, Quebec where was in charge of the assembly line at the plant. Chenevert, along with the individual who hired him, had an interest in improving the company. They were also looking to work their way up the ladder with their eyes on the top rung. Every time Chenevert’s boss was promoted, Chenevert was promoted to become his replacement.
Chenevert received quite an education while at the plant and learned that in order to achieve production success attention must be paid to detail. After the two men went their separate ways, they remained friends. Chenevert found himself in the aerospace business and took on challenges with Pratt and Whitney Canada. This particular plant manufactures engines for aircraft and it is a division of Pratt and Whitney company based in the United States. Pratt and Whitney is also under the umbrella of the United Technologies Corporation (UTC). After a few years with the company, Chenevert decided to leave Pratt and Whitney Canada and take up with same company, but the United States division.
He eventually took over the role of President and raised the visibility, as well as the profitability of the company. He was able to accomplish that through the use of state of the art technology and the enhancement of efficiency. During times of economic , as well as industry downturn, Chenevert was able to put policies in place that would help them through the rough times. Because of Chenevert’s leadership, the company has grown to more than 33,000 employees. He also went from President to CEO (Chief Executive Officer) after an individual named George David retired.