MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — Louis R. Chenevert, chairman and chief executive officer of Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.-based United Technologies Corp. (UTX), has been elected to the Cargill board of directors, Cargill announced on June 14.

"Louis brings a tremendous background of leadership and management experience that will serve our board well," said Greg Page, Cargill chairman and chief executive officer (CEO).

Chenevert was named chairman and CEO of United Technologies in 2010, after serving as its president and CEO since 2008. He has been a director since 2006. Previously, Chenevert was president of Pratt & Whitney from 1999 through early 2006. Before joining Pratt & Whitney, Chenevert spent 14 years in leadership positions with General Motors.

"I am pleased to join the board of Cargill, a company known for innovation, high-quality products and a strong presence in international markets, and look forward to contributing to its continued success," Chenevert said.

Chenevert earned a bachelor’s of commerce degree in production management from the Universite de Montreal, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commericales. He is vice-chairman of the Business Council, and a member of the U.S.–India CEO Forum and the Business Roundtable. He also serves on the board of directors for the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, and is chairman of the Yale Cancer Center's advisory board.

Chenevert joins five other independent directors on Cargill's board: Richard H. Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines, Inc.; Arthur D. Collins, Jr., retired chairman and CEO of Medtronic, Inc.; Linda Zarda Cook, former executive director of Royal Dutch Shell plc; Bernard Poussot, former chairman, CEO and president of Wyeth; and Richard M. Kovacevich, chairman emeritus of Wells Fargo & Company.