AIAA CONGRATULATES LOUIS CHENEVERTON BEING NAMED AVIATION WEEK PERSON OF THE YEAR
Chenevert is Chairman and CEO of United Technologies Corp.
January 6, 2012 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) congratulates AIAA Fellow Louis R. Chênevert, chairman and chief executive officer of United Technologies Corp., an AIAA Corporate Member, on being named Aviation Week’s 2011 Person of the Year.
AIAA President Dr. Brian D. Dailey stated: ―The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics congratulates Louis Chênevert on being named Aviation Week’s 2011 Person of the Year. Under his direction, United Technologies Corp. has overseen the efforts of Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, and Hamilton Sundstrand to become one of the world’s premier aerospace manufacturers. From repositioning Pratt & Whitney to become a major player in the commercial jet engine market, to developing engines for the next generation of narrowbody jets, to the Collier Trophy-winning Sikorsky X-2 helicopter, Chênevert’s efforts truly embody Aviation Week’s standard for the award – which is to recognize the person who has had the most impact on the broader aviation and defense community.
Under Chênevert’s direction, United Technologies Corp. reached an agreement to purchase Goodrich, vastly expanding UTC’s presence in the aircraft supply market. He was also instrumental in restoring P&W as a major player in the narrowbody commercial jet engine market, with Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan jet engine being selected by Airbus for use in its A32NEO jet. Pratt & Whitney, which Chênevert led from 1999-2—6, also will collaborate with Rolls-Royce to develop engines for the next generation of narrowbody jets, and is now the sole engine supplier to the Joint Strike Fighter program. Prior recipients of the annual Aviation Week Person of the Year award have included: Jeff Smisek, CEO, United Continental Holdings, Inc., in 2010; ―The Space Entrepreneur‖ in 2009; Robert Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, in 2008; and Tsien Hsue-shen, the ―father‖ of China’s space program, in 2007. For more information about the Aviation Week Person of the Year award, please visit www.aviationweek.com.