Louis Chenevert served as the Chairman and CEO of United Technologies Corporation (UTC), and it was under his leadership that the company flourished for so many years and still does today. Before working with UTC, he served as the President of Pratt & Whitney and the Production General Manager of General Motors’ St. Therese operation. He earned his Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Production Management while spending time at the Université de Montréal, École des hautes études commerciales (HEC). He also picked up an Honorary Doctorate while studying at the University of Montreal. He serves the public by sitting as the Chairman of Yale Cancer Center’s Advisory Board and also sits on the Board of Directors of Cargill Inc.
Louis Chenevert has consistently put the right team together so that obstacles in the industry he worked in could be overcome. He has talked about the fact that he always appreciated his team members and that he always rewarded those who took risks. He helped to grow UTC by removing the obstacles that got in the way of its success and also by being a focused individual who was open minded. He has always said that each person is only as good as the sum of their team and that it is wise to surround yourself with the best of the best. When an employee solves a problem, he believes in rewarding them as to inspire them to do even more.
When asked what makes him a more productive entrepreneur, Louis Chenevert commented that all of his habits worked together to accomplish this. He believes that following up aggressively and being an optimist who works with passion are a few of the most important keys to success. Rather than getting tangled up in internal politics, he has always focused on the priorities and goals of the company. He also ensured that all of the executives in the company always had what they needed to continue to make their customers happy. Now that he is retired, many people are looking back and realizing what a great leader they had in their for all of those many years.