Rising to the top of the business world takes patience, passion, and drive. For one businessman, that drive to become the best led him to the top position of a leading Fortune 500 company. That person, Louis Chenevert, has put together an impressive resume that spans over several decades.
Mr. Chenevert’s story begins in Canada where he graduated from HEC Montréal – a business school in the University of Montreal school system – with a degree in production management. From there, the Canadian graduate when to work for one of the largest companies on the planet.
It was at General Motors where Louis Chenevert began his business career in 1979. He would work for the automotive giant for 14 years, eventually rising to the position of General Production Manager. After learning the ins and outs of automotive production, Mr. Chenevert found himself in a position to take on a leadership role at another firm.
In 1993, Louis Chenevert was hired as the Vice-President of Operations at Canadian based aircraft engine maker Pratt & Whitney. Just two years later, Mr. Chenevert would be named President of the company. For the next seven years, Louis Chenevert helped Pratt & Whitney become more profitable as well as more efficient. And it wasn’t long until other companies came calling. And one, in particular, happened to be a legendary Fortune 500 company.
In 2006, Louis Chenevert would be named the President, Chief Operating Officer as well as a Board member at United Technologies Company (UTC). Two years later, he would take on the role of Cheif Executive Officer of the company. And less than two years after that, Mr. Chenevert would be named Chairman of the Board of UTC.
Today, Louis Chenevert is considered one of Canada’s most successful business figures. From General Motors to Pratt & Whitney and finally UTC, Mr. Chenevert took his expertise in manufacturing and implemented his ideas into profitable results. As he enters his next decade in the business world, Mr. Chenevert will certainly be one business leader to watch.