The story of Canadian businessman Louis Chenevert is one of inspiration and encouragement for many. Chenevert has used hard work and skill development to climb from production manager for General Motors to become the Chief Executive Officer for United Technologies Corporation before finally becoming a trusted advisor for Goldman Sachs.
The accomplishments of Chenevert is a reminder to all that it really does not matter where a person starts in life, it matters only where they end up.
Louis Chenevert was born in 1958 and is a native of Montreal, Quebec. He experienced a typical Canadian childhood and became interested in business and entrepreneurship at a youthful age. Chevert also understood at a young age that hard work and dedication to his goals would be the key to him realizing future success.
Chenevert majored in product management at the University of Montreal’s HEC Montreal Business School. Production managers play an integral role with companies and assure that products are produced that are high-quality while assuring the overall efficiency of operations.
Louis Chenevert landed his first job with General Motors of St. Therese, Quebec once finishing his degree requirements. Guy Hachey, the man responsible for hiring Chenevert was impressed with Chenevert immediately and never regretted the decision. Hachey made Chenevert responsible for the assembly line for the company’s Montreal assembly line.
Chenevert manned his position with General Motors for 14 years before deciding it was time for a change. Another employee with the company, Karl Krapek, was also researching other industries and advised Chenevert that the aerospace industry could possibly be the way to go. Krapek felt that Chenevert’s background on the assembly line could be of benefit to him in this endeavor.
Louis Chenevert joined Pratt and Whitney Canada in 1993. PWC is a company that manufactures aircraft engines and is located not far from Montreal. PWC was a division of the larger United States based Pratt & Whitney, which is under the UTC umbrella. Chenevert moved on to P&W in 1996 as the vice-president of operations.
Following an excellent tenure with P&W, Chenevert continued his upward ascension of the career ladder and moved on to UTC. While with UTC, Chenevert progression continued and he was rewarded for his many years of performance with a promotion to company president and CEO in 2008.
Louis Chenevert officially retired in 2014 but remains active in advisory roles with a variety of business and charitable interests including the prestigious Goldman Sachs.