Louis Chenevert Is a Proven Top Leader

IdeaMensch recently conducted an interview with Louis Chenevert, the former Chief Executive Officer of United Technologies Corporation (UTC). This interview focused on Louis Chenevert’s career prior to and during his time with United Technologies. The questions touched on subjects such as Louis Chenevert’s philosophy of leadership principles, what changes at UTC during Louis Chenevert’s tenure drove their continuing successes and how some facets of his leadership would be different if he was starting anew.

While at UTC, Louis Chenevert instituted new strategies for production efforts. Instead of outsourcing most of the company’s work to overseas factories, UTC and Louis Chenevert moved production into the United States, believing that cheap labor overseas would result in cheaply made products. Subsequent production was concentrated in Connecticut where the top talent could work with the plant workforce to eliminate problems and produce their best results efficiently. Common wisdom at the time was opposed to this type of approach, but UTC was able to survive during the recession and ultimately see its share prices increase from $37 a share to $117 a share under Louis Chenevert’s leadership.

One of the most profound impacts that Louis Chenevert had on UTC while CEO was in engineering the acquisition of the Goodrich Corporation, an aerospace manufacturing company that had been the largest rubber manufacturer in the world prior to becoming an aerospace company. The purpose of acquiring Goodrich was to have an internal producer of aircraft components, which would reduce production costs. The acquisition process took a year to negotiate and plan, and in 2011, UTC bought Goodrich Corporation for $18.4 billion and merged it with another division to ultimately become UTC aerospace systems. This placed UTC in a position to become a multinational conglomerate with a greater influence in the world market.

The last question IdeaMensch asked Louis Chenevert was what was one important strategy that helped him increase the business footprint of UTC. Louis Chenevert answered that a relentless focus, eliminating roadblocks, keeping an open mind and keeping personal contact with the workforce was always his goal. Louis Chenevert also said that surrounding oneself with winners was important, as a leader can only be as good as his or her team. Currently, Louis Chenevert is semi-retired and serves as a Exclusive Advisor with Goldman Sachs, and his proven expertise continues to be valuable.

https://www.forbes.com/lists/2012/12/ceo-compensation-12_Louis-R-Chenevert_FTA5.html

Robert Ivy: AIA Chief Executive Officer And Editor-in-chief Of The Architectural Record

About Robert Ivy
Robert Ivy works with the American Institute of Architects where he serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English which he acquired from Sewanee: The University of the South. He also has a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University. He has had a successful career in the architectural field owing to his Masters in Architecture.

Career
Before his position in the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Ivy held several other positions. Robert Ivy has been an Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record since 1996. This journal is becoming popular among readers and today; it is considered the most read architectural journal. He has also worked with McGraw-Hill Construction Media where he was the Vice President and Editorial Director. He was named the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of American Institute of Architects in 2011. He succeeded Christine McEntee who resigned and moved on to another position. She is now the Executive Director of the American Geophysical Union. Robert Ivy has made a great contribution in the Architectural sector, and this has earned him recognition in this field. As a result, he has been a recipient of several well-earned awards.

Awards
His success with Architectural Record has led to several awards for the journal including 26 Jesse H.Neal Awards, the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence and a few other honors which are related to this publication.

Apart from the wards received through the Architectural Record, he has also received other awards as a result of his other Architectural contribution. One of such awards is the Crain Award which he received in 2009. This award is considered the highest honor in the American Business Media. When he was working for the McGraw-Hill, Robert Ivy received an award for Management Excellence.

Owing to the many awards Mr. Ivy has received, we can safely conclude that he is a man with a knack for excellence. In 2010, he was named as the ‘Master Architect’ by the Alpha Rho Chi. Receiving this honor was a big deal for Robert Ivy because it was a unanimous decision by his fellow architects.

Conclusion
Robert Ivy continuous to publish architectural work in the Architectural Record, and so far, he has overseen the publication of 17 digital and 16 prints. His colleagues and the society, in general, continue to celebrate his contribution in the Architectural field.

Find more about Robert Ivy: https://siny.org/news/aia_appoints_robert_ivy_a_executive_vice_president_ceo/