Louis Chênevert is a Canadian businessman who has worked in the manufacturing industry for decades. While working for the United Technologies Corporation from March 2006 until retirement in November 2014, he worked his way from a position of director at United Technologies to becoming both the President and Chief Executive Officer.
After retiring from United Technologies Corporation, he became a Senior Industry Advisor at Goldman Sachs. While Louis Chênevert maintains this position, he still considers himself semi-retired and is focusing on other projects such as chairing various organizations.
Louis Chênevert, a fellow of the AIAA or American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics since 2005, completed his bachelor of commerce degree at the University of Montreal in their HEC program. While he may have earned his bachelors in production management, the school also presented Louis R. Chênevert with an Honorary Doctorate’s degree in 2011.
In order to make sure United Technologies Corporation’s customers always received the product that they needed, Louis Chênevert focused on making sure the company had the talented team they needed to complete the projects they had undertaken. This combined with Louis R. Chênevert’s team acquiring companies that built a strong portfolio for United Technologies Corporation made a lot of change in the industry, some in ways that affected things around the globe.
Louis Chênevert believes in the importance of listening to what people have to say. A lot of positive changes can be made by listening to the employees that are working with the systems that could use improvement every day. Unfortunately, during Louis R. Chênevert time at General Motors where he worked second shift as a first line supervisor, he learned that management and supervisors don’t always listen to the people that they should be listening to. If management would only listen to their employees, they would find that they had solutions to many productivity problems that they were unable to fix. His experiences at GM stayed with Louis Louis Chênevert for the next 37 years and affected how he operated his companies.