The aeronautics industry mainly serves the defense and aerospace fields. Many companies and individuals that influence the industry have a profound impact on how the government allocates funding for their respective countries. In today’s article, we will recap a recent Ideasmensch.com interview with one such influencer in the aeronautics field, Louis R. Chenevert, former chairman and CEO of United Technologies Corporation (UTC). The article will give some basic background about Mr. Chenevert’s career paths but will mainly focus on his time at UTC. We will also recap some of Louis’ perspectives on the industries that he has served in the past.
Louis worked with United Technologies Corporation (UTC), a military and aerospace company based out of Farmington, Connecticut for eight years. He had also served as Director of Technology and President during his tenure at UTC. He has also worked for Pratt and Whitney and General Motors along with Goldman Sachs as a financial advisor. Prior to his work, Mr. Chenevert studied in Montreal, Canada, and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Production Management. We will now focus on the Ideasmensch.com article that relate to his time at UTC.
After being asked about where the idea for UTC came from Louis stated that the name primarily came from the company’s core product base which includes military engines, parts from commercial aircraft and helicopter technology. He seems to stress the importance in working with small teams and when asked about his product ideas, he mentions that operations and engineering play a key role in the development of these products upon his time at UTC. When asked about the latest trends, Louis replies that “…technology and the speed of change created truly profound opportunities…” for his company. He appears to be an individual that has a “go-getter” attitude and likes to push others in order to drive success. After being asked about what he would do differently in his career path, he answered that political agendas need to be observed and to not waste time on others who do not have the same focus as the company or product.