In 2008, Louis Chenevert was elected as the chief executive officer and president of United Technologies Corporation. In 2010, he was made chairperson of the company. He held these positions until his retirement in 2014. Since 2006, he served as the chief operating officer and president, as well as director of the United Technologies Corporation. Before joining this corporation, he worked at the Pratt & Whitney where he served as president from 1999 to 2006. Previously, he had been serving as the production general manager of General Motors for 14 years.
While he served as CEO of the United Technologies, many ideas were brought to him with the aim of satisfying customer needs, as well as to provide game-changing products in the industry. The adopted approach was to bring about profound change to strengthen the portfolio. This approach generated the development of the GTF engine, a new X2 technology which would double the speed of helicopters, F135 engine source position, the acquisition of Goodrich aerospace, among many more.
At an interview with IdeaMensch, Louis Chenevert states that while at UTC, he would focus on engineering and operational talent as these areas facilitated the production of results that would exceed the expectations of customers, as well as generate profit and revenue with staff support. He would also focus on the operational leadership team and small teams that had been provided with the autonomy, funds, and tools to create game-changing products. This would be followed by carrying out an intensive review to ensure that the primary objectives had been achieved.
Between 2015 and 2017, Mr. Chenevert served as a senior industry advisor at the Merchant Banking Division and is currently a member of the Business Council of the company. Since 2011, Louis Chenevert has been in the Board of Directors of Cargill Incorporation. In late 2017, he was made chairperson of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. He is also the chairperson of Yale Cancer Center’s Advisory Board. He attended the University of Montreal where he attained a degree in Bachelor of Commerce, as well as an Honorary Doctorate. He serves as chairman of the International Advisory Board of HEC Montreal and is the chairman of the Board of Directors and founding director of the Friends of HEC.