Is it harder for the professional to let go or the fans? If evidence has proven one thing, it’s that people have a hard time letting go after a genius decides to call it quits. This is something that Louis Chenevert lives with every day since retiring from United Technologies Corporation.
There’s no question that Chenevert achieved his greatest success working for UTC, but he stopped working for that company in 2014. It wasn’t the first company he ever worked for and it wasn’t the last. Despite his career history and advancements, interviewers still want to ask about UTC.
Being the nice man that he is, Chenevert happily answers their questions because he loved working for UTC. His first job wasn’t the happiest one, but it taught him the necessary skills he needed to one day lead UTC. He began his career as a Production General Manager at General Motors.
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— Louis Chenevert (@louis_chenevert) October 19, 2017
As much as he didn’t like working at General Motors at first, he stayed with them to work his way up the corporate ladder. After 14 years, he left GM and started working at Pratt & Whitney. He worked there for a while but nothing interested happened.
After he left Pratt and Whitney, he started working at United Technologies Corporation. There, he achieved more success as CEO than any other CEO who ever led the company. He accomplished some tremendous things running UTC. All of his success came from his focus and dedication to producing better products.
Not only was he focused on making better products; he was focused on making acquisitions that would better the company. Everything he did, he did for the greater good of UTC. The most important part of his strategy was focusing all of the teams on operational talent and engineering.
As in any technology-based industry, engineering and operations are important. When teams unanimously focus on those key elements, they can produce the most groundbreaking products in the world, far exceeding any customer’s expectations.