A Man of Engine Innovation: Louis Chenevert

Louis R. Chenevert has been an innovator in the world of aviation engineering since he served as the head of United Technologies Corporation from 2006-2014. He was also elected President of Pratt and Whitney in 1999, after working with Pratt and Whitney Canada for six years.
He was born in Quebec, Canada in 1958 and earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in production management from HEC Montreal, an affiliated business School of the University of Montreal. He spent 14 years working at General Motors before working for Pratt and Whitney Canada.
When he joined the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in 1993, Chenevert guided the company in gaining market share for UTC’s parent company called Pratt and Whitney according to Forbes Magazine. When he was appointed CEO of the company during the low point of the American economy, he led his manufacturing company to significant achievements.
Under his leadership, UTC has created some of the world’s most cutting-edge jet engines. The company also leads in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration markets as well. The company creates parts like actuators, brakes, flight controls, sensors, and much more including Sikorsky helicopters.
The project that pleased him the most was the Geared Turbofan Engine (GTE). The engine was revolutionary in the industry. The GTE reduced the noise level up to 75% less than current engines and cuts emissions by more than 50%. Chenevert spent 20 years of his career nurturing and championing the project that has been welcomed in the airline market.
Chenevert has a top level business acumen as well. He acquired Goodrich after a year of negotiations for $18.4 billion. Pratt and Whitney also became the sole supplier of F-35 engines after a lobbying battle with General Electric and Rolls Royce. He would eventually enter into a joint venture with Rolls Royce
Louis Chenevert has been one of the major players in the aviation industry. With a remarkable business astuteness, he has brought the aviation industry to soaring heights. As his successor at UTC Gregory Hayes said: “Companies don’t innovate. People do.” Louis Chenevert is certainly one of them.