He is the past Chairman and CEO of United Technologies Corporation, Louis R. Chenevert is a proficient leader who has brought positive change in all the positions he has occupied. In April 2008, he was voted President and Chief Executive Officer and later in January 2010, he was pronounced Chairman. He held this positions until his retirement in 2014.
Since March 2006, he was Director of United Technologies.
Before his time at United Technologies Corporation he was the President of Pratt & Whitney, between April 1999 and March 2006.
When he was at UTC, he put tremendous attention on operational talent and engineering, which he believes helps to deliver the ideas that would generate results beyond the expectations of customers. He also believes this would help to gather revenue and influence profitability. He prefers to focus on small teams and equipping them with the tools, funds, and freedom to go after game-changing products. And after the products are delivered, there is an intense review to ensure that the key objectives are achieved.
There is no singular habit that accounts for his success and productivity as an entrepreneur, he believes different habits interplay to make him the finished product he is. A relentless follow-up, optimism, passion, focus, disregarding internal politics, and investing time in pushing productive agenda are some of what has helped his career. Also, he ensures that key operational executives have access to everything they need to deliver on what is expected of them.
Before his time at Pratt & Whitney, Louis Chenevert had spent 14 years at General Motors. He described his job as a first line supervisor on second shift in the assembly plant as the worst he had ever done. Although the job was very difficult, it created an opportunity for him to learn the power of people and their innate ambition to make a difference, but for the uncooperative nature of the management. He learned that employees understood how to unlock productivity and find solutions to problems. This knowledge acted as a guiding point for him for more than 37 years.
Louis Chenevert describes internal politics as one of the disruptive elements to extraordinary results that have the capacity to negatively impact the future of brilliant leaders.