The Hard Work of Louis Chenevert

Louis Chenevert has at various times served as Production Manager at General Motors, CEO of United Technologies, and advisor for Goldman Sachs. Chenevert is clear that the secret of his success has been having a vision and always being willing to work hard to achieve that vision. And he knows what it is like to work for everything you get. He was born to a relatively lower-middle-class family in Montreal, Quebec in 1958. He formed a vision of business and entrepreneurship during his early formative years. After graduating high school, he set to work on that vision by attending and graduating from the University of Montreal’s HEC Montreal Business School with a degree in Production Management.

After his higher education, he entered his production management position with General Motors in St. Therese, Quebec. He was hired by Guy Hachey with whom he closely worked for several years to streamline the company’s production system. They did so well that at their the company was producing one vehicle every minute. Hachey eventually ascended to become president and COO of Bombardier Aerospace. After he did so, Chenevert also ascended to bigger and better things. By the time he left, Chenevert had served in the auto industry for 14 years.

While he loved serving in the auto industry, it was only one step in his overall vision. When the time for the industry jump came, it was from the auto industry to the aerospace industry. So in 1993, he joined the team of Pratt & Whitney Canada, an aircraft engine manufacturer. P&W is the Canadian division of the U.S.-based Pratt & Whitney. In 1996 he moved to the U.S. to become its vice president of operations. His tenure in this role was most noteworthy for cutting manufacturing costs by 10 percent and substantially speeding up the assembly line for engine manufacture.

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