When Louis Chenevert was born in 1958 in Montreal, Canada, he had no idea how his actions would impact the lives of many. It is true that he doesn’t directly deal with his human beings, but his actions have created a profound positive effect on people’s lives. From his infancy, Louis Chenevert wanted to become a production manager. That is what he has lived to be. His dream started to shine shortly after graduating with a Production Management Degree from HEC School of Business at the University of Montreal.
Of course it would be useless with a production management degree at hand without a job. His friend Guy Hachey introduced him to General Motors St. Therese Branch in Quebec. It is while working at the branch that he helped shape things. Thanks to Hachey, Louis Chenevert was put in the assembly line, a section in the larger production department. Prior to his joining GM, the branch was producing vehicles at a slow speed thus it would be difficult to meet the ever-increasing demand of vehicles. He changed this. During his time at the assembly line, GM St. Therese could produce a brand new vehicle every minute!
Every person who worked with Louis Chenevert at the branch was amazed at the way he made decisions that were viable. He strayed with GM Quebec branch for 14 years. A timer came when he had to move just like his friend Hachey had done early. Both men landed jobs at aerospace companies that focused on producing aircraft engines. When a time came for Louis Chenevert to move, he went to Pratt & Whitney Canada. This is an annex company of United Technologies Corporation (UTC) that centers on aircraft engine production.
Louis Chenevert brought about tremendous changes to the aircraft company. When he was brought on board, it would take PWC’s production team 2 years to produce a small aircraft engine. With him on control of the production department, Louis Chenevert reduced the number of months of producing a new aircraft engine from 24 months to just 9 months. This helped the company save a lot of money and time.