Louis Chenevert: A Great Leader of Men

In the aerospace world, one of the men that will go down in history as one of the great CEOs is none other than former United Technologies Corporation (UTC) CEO Louis Chenevert. He has served in various other positions like the general manager of General Motors where he worked for more than ten years. Under his leadership, UTC went through a spell of great success due to his vast knowledge and experience of the business world.

Louis Chenevert was born in Quebec in Canada and went to school at the University of Montreal where he got a degree in production management. He joined General Motors in 1979 where he would serve as general manager till 1993. He then was given the job of President at Pratt & Whitney after working there for six years. In 2006, Louis Chenevert was elected president and CEO of UTC.

During Louis Chenevert’s tenure as CEO of UTC, the conglomerate enjoyed a lot of success. In just a year after joining UTC, Louis Chenevert had achieved more than most CEOs can dream of achieving in their lifetime. He brokered massive deals on behalf of the company with the biggest being the 18 billion dollar deal to acquire Goodrich company. He was always a very decisive and forward thinking and always invested in projects which fell in line with the company’s mission.

Probably the quality that separated Louis Chenevert from the other CEOs was the emphasis on the quality of employees he hired. In as much as he invested heavily in technology he also invested heavily in employees’ recruitment. This can be shown by the company’s Employee Scholar Program which was started to pay school fees for employees who wanted to further their education.

In addition to this, Louis Chenevert also emphasized on the need of the company to stay ahead of the competition by investing in the latest technology invented in the aerospace industry. This helped the company stay ahead of the competition which was very stiff. Under his leadership, UTC became a world leader in the aerospace industry and produces some of the most sophisticated jet and airplane engines and other related equipment.

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