It takes talent to become an executive at a Fortune 500 company. However, only a select number of these executives can ever hope to rise to the top of one of the top 500 companies in the United States. One executive, Louis Chenevert, spent decades honing his skills to rise to the very top of United Technologies Corporation.
Louis Chenevert’s story begins in Canada where a determined young man educated himself at the University of Montreal. From there, Mr. Chenevert’s trajectory took him to General Motors where he worked for 14 years, eventually rising to the title of General Production Manager. In 1993, Mr. Chnevert found himself at Pratt & Whitney where he held the title of Vice President of Operations before becoming the President of the company.
Mr. Chenevert spent 7 years as the President of Pratt & Whitney. The executive’s talent caught the attention of one of the largest companies in the United States. And in 2006, Mr. Chenevert was recruited to run United Technologies Corporation. Holding the titles of Chief Operations Officer and President, United Technologies Corporation relied heavily on Mr. Chenevert’s expertise. And the executive did not disappoint.
In the first two years as the multi-faceted senior executive at United Technologies Corporation, Louis Chenevert helped grow the Fortune 500 company and refine its business operations. Recognizing his success, the board of directors named Mr. Chnevert as the company’s Chief Executive Officer in 2010.
Louis Chenevert would remain as the head of United Technologies Corporation for four years. In that time, Mr. Chenevert joined the board of directors at Cargill Inc. in 2011 and served on the executive committee of The Business Council, for two years, as their Vice-Chairman. Mr. Chenvert stepped down from United Technologies Corporation in 2014, leaving behind a string of profit and success.
Among the awards received by Mr. Chenevert includes the Honor Award from the National Building Museum in 2009. Additionally, Louis Chenevert was named Person of the Year, in 2011, by Aviation Week & Space Technology trade magazine. From General Motors to United Technologies Corporation, Louis Chenevert has created a standard for success that few business executives will be able to match.