Part of Chenevert’s success is the fact that he focuses on the technological development in a way that will help the human population at large. Taking the threat of climate change into consideration, he led UTC to make more user-friendly products, which reduced the carbon footprint and water usage by 26 percent and over 50 percent since 1997. He has urged other companies to follow suite.
Chenevert worked for General Motors for about 14 years. Afterward, he was elected president for Pratt and Whitney in 1999. Pratt and Whitney is an American aerospace manufacturer that is a subsidiary to UTC. He was elected President and CEO of UTC in2006. Then in September 2015, he took on the role as Exclusive Advisor in the merchant banking division of Goldman Sachs.
In 2009, Chenevert earned the Honor Award with the National Building Museum. The National Building Museum is a museum in the Washington D.C. area that holds displays on the history of architecture, urban planning, engineering, and construction. Chenevert was also named Person of the Year in Aviation Week and Space Technology in 2011.