Legacies are not made in a moment. Legacies are made over a lifetime. It is only as we study one’s entire lifespan that we see the impact they made in their own personal sphere. Upon looking at Louis Chenevert’s life, I am confident that we can declare his life a legacy.
That impact he would make upon the business world began in Montreal, Quebec. It was here that Chenevert would go to attend the extension school of the world renowned University of Montreal, HEC of Montreal. During his time there, he would receive a degree in Production Management under some of the brightest minds in the field.
After his graduation, Chenevert would then go into a management position at General Motors as a Production General Manager. He worked in this position for fourteen years until the aerospace company Pratt and Whitney approached him about a manager’s position.
Chenevert would leave General motors to go work for Pratt and Whitney. After being there for only six years, the board saw in him the potential to run the company. In the year of 1999 he was approached by the board and offered the position of president. After successfully expanding their profit, Chenevert was offered another job as Chief Executive Officer at United Technologies Corporation. It was here at UTC that he would craft what many people call his legacy.
Chenevert did several things simultaneously that empowered his company to take the lead in high technologies for aerospace. He was able to train both workers and executives, lower the impact on the environment, acquire several companies to make them more competitive, and establish a network of close factories that worked in harmony with one another.
With these accomplishments behind him, two magazines would declare him “Person of the Year”. They were “Aviation Week” and “Space Technology”. HEC of Montreal would soon honor him with a honorary doctorate in the field of Production Management. After leaving UTC, he became a consultant for Goldman Sachs.