Suzette Long is the chief legal officer of Caterpillar Inc. She is responsible for Law, Security & Public Policy, which includes Global Legal Services, Compliance, Global Trade, Global Security and Global Government and Corporate Affairs.
Long joined Caterpillar in 2004 as an attorney in the legal department. She has served in several senior corporate attorney positions and was named associate general counsel in 2011. In 2013, Long assumed the role of deputy general counsel for the Legal Services Division, where she led the Environmental Health & Safety, Product Regulatory, and Investigations group. In 2015, Long assumed the position of deputy general counsel leading the legal support for Caterpillar’s Energy & Transportation business. In February 2017, Long became interim executive vice president of Law and Public Policy and corporate secretary. She assumed her current role and the corporate secretary role in August 2017. In December 2020, the Board elected Nikki Puza, in Long’s organization, to corporate secretary.
Prior to joining Caterpillar, Long was an attorney with Gallagher & Kennedy in Phoenix, Arizona.
Long has bachelor’s and law degrees from Arizona State University and a master’s from the University of Arizona. She also completed Caterpillar’s Executive Leadership Development Program in partnership with Stanford University.