The first job Louis Chenevert ever worked was for General Motors. He remembers how hard he had to work to learn everything and perform well enough not to get fired. He spent 14 years at GM, learning the tricks of the trade before moving on to Pratt & Whitney.
He started working for Pratt in 1993 and stayed there until 2006. In 2006, he began working for United Technologies Corporation (UTC). At first, he just served as President and COO, but in 2008, he was named the new Chairman and CEO of the whole company.
United Technologies Corporation is a multi-national global company that primarily focuses on aviation and aeronautics. That was Chenevert’s specialty, and he loved every second of it. It’s actually kind of weird to think of a world where Chenevert never worked for UTC. Even though he retired from UTC in 2014, he’s still interviewed about his time there.
In a recent interview, he talked about what it was really like leading a company that size. First, he was impressed by the power of the people and their dedication. He learned quickly to put the right people in the right job, step back, and watch them develop game-changing products.
A lot of work went into the engineering on those products. Chenevert focused on operational talents, making sure that every team had at least one person who was solely focused on delivering something that would blow the customer’s mind when they saw it for the first time.
Thanks to technology, a lot more dreams can be brought into reality. When Chenevert worked for UTC, technology was just started to blossom into what it is today. Now, technology moves at such speed, progressive innovation just blows through obstacles and carries humanity into the future with no problem.
Things like that excite Chenevert event though he no longer works for UTC. He left UTC and worked at Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division. He wasn’t there for long before he started thinking about retiring from it all.