Caterpillar announced this week that Suzette M. Long has been appointed as the company’s general counsel and corporate secretary, and elected Kelly Ayotte, former U.S. senator from New Hampshire, to Cat's board of directors.
Kelly Ayotte is a former U.S. senator representing New Hampshire (2011-2017), was New Hampshire’s first female attorney general (2004-2009) and, prior to that, was deputy attorney general and chief of the Homicide Prosecution Unit in New Hampshire.
Ayotte joins 13 other members on Caterpillar’s board of directors and will be a member of the Public Policy & Governance Committee of the board.
As a senator, Ayotte was a member of the Commerce Committee, where she played a key role advocating for policies and laws to support skills training for high-tech manufacturing jobs and private-sector job creation. She was also actively engaged in efforts to extend the Export-Import Bank, supporting U.S. companies as they compete and export products around the world, and she fought for smart tax reform that would make American companies more competitive.
“Kelly brings significant government experience to our board, which will be helpful for Caterpillar as we address a wide range of public policy issues,” said CEO Jim Umpleby.
Suzette M. Long is now the company’s general counsel and corporate secretary. Long has provided interim leadership to Caterpillar’s Law and Public Policy group since mid-February. Long will lead includes Caterpillar’s Legal Services Division and Global Government & Corporate Affairs Division and also be Caterpillar’s corporate secretary.
Long brings nearly 18 years of legal experience to the position, including nearly 12 years of leadership in various Caterpillar legal roles. In her role as general counsel and corporate secretary, Long will be a member of Caterpillar’s Executive Office and will report directly to Umpleby.
Long joined Caterpillar in 2004 as an attorney in the legal department and was named associate general counsel in 2011. In 2013, Long assumed the position of deputy general counsel for the Legal Services Division, and in that role lead the environmental health and safety, product regulatory and investigations groups. In 2015, Long assumed the position of deputy general counsel leading the legal support for Caterpillar’s Energy & Transportation segment. Prior to joining Caterpillar, she was an attorney with the law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy in Phoenix, Ariz.
“Since she assumed the interim role in February, Suzette has demonstrated outstanding leadership while also establishing herself as a trusted advisor and counselor to myself and other senior executives. She is an excellent addition to Caterpillar’s Executive Office,” said Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby.