Louis Chenevert worked for General Motors for 14 years. He was based in a plant in Montreal. After spending a decade and a half in this industry, he felt the need to transition to another industry. There was nothing wrong with the auto industry, but he felt he needed to spend his life doing something else. Chenevert was influenced by a fellow worker and a friend Karl Krapek to join the aerospace industry. He felt that the experience he had gained from the auto industry would help him establish a solid career in the other industry. Krapek who influenced his transition would later become the CEO of United Technologies Corporation before Louis Chenevert.
Louis Chenevert took the advice of his friend and joined the aerospace industry. He started by working as production manager for Pratt & Whitney Canada in 1993. This plant was a division of the Pratt & Whitney company based in the United States. This division dealt with the production of small jet engines. Pratt & Whitney is a business unity under United Technologies Corporation.
After three years at the Canadian division, it was now time for Chenevert to get his first promotion. He became the executive vice president of P&W in the United States. His performance in the Canadian division had been noted and when there was an opportunity to fill a vacancy he was the best person suited for the job. In just one year after joining PWC, he lowered the operating cost by 10 percent. He was applying his experience in the assembly lines to streamline the operation in this new company. He managed to bring down the time taken to produce one jet engine from two years to nine months.
In 1999, Louis Chenevert was made the president of P&W. He took over when the company was not doing well. His experience would, however, prove vital in resuscitating the operations. He was skillful, dedicated and had the qualities of a leader needed to bring the necessary changes. While the company was prone to downfall, he moved in and made a series of changes that changed the company entirely. His efforts were finally recognized in 2008 when he was appointed the CEO of the whole conglomerate, UTC.