Louis Chenevert was born and raised in the Canadian French-speaking city of Quebec. In 1979, he graduated from HEC Montreal with a Bachelor of Business Administration in production management. He was conferred an honorary degree by HEC Montreal in 2011 and later on in 2014, he attained an honorary degree by the Concordia University. Following his graduation, he joined General Motors where he worked as the general production manager for 14 years. He joined Pratt &Whitney Canada in 1993, where he worked his way up from the vice-president of operations to the President of the company in 1999. Later in 2006, He became the President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of the United Technologies Corporation in 2006, and was entitled as Chief Executive Officer in 2008. He was appointed as the chairman of the board in 2010. Louis Chenevert joined the Board of Directors of Cargill Incorporation in 2011.
Louis Chenevert has previously served in other top responsibility jobs including, as the Executive Committee of The Business Council vice chairman in 2011 and 2012. In 2015, he was voted as the co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation upon serving the board since 2008. He is also working as an Exclusive Adviser in the Merchant Banking Division at Goldman Sachs since 2015. He is also a co-founder of the United States Friends of HEC Montreal Foundation. He is also the Chair of HEC Montreal International Advisory Board and the Chair of the Yale Cancer Center Advisory Board. The United Service Organization in 2013 awarded Louis the Distinguished Service Award. In 2009, he was awarded the Honor Award by the National Building Museum.
Louis Chenevert’s career life can be summed up as successful. When he joined United Technologies Corporation as the CEO, the company’s price per share rose from $37 to $117 which increased the shareholders capital and accompanying dividends. His extensive expertise saw him relocate engineers to Connecticut to enable the application for necessary skills; a move that would have led to the laying off of hundreds of engineers had another company in the industry faced the same situation. He steered the company to stabilize its portfolios that provide to the diverse users in various markets.