PEORIA — Caterpillar Inc. has named Suzette Long as the company's general counsel and corporate secretary, elevating her permanently to a position she had been filling on an interim basis.

Long has served as interim leader of Caterpillar's law and public policy group since mid-February, replacing previous general counsel James Buda. Long has served in leadership positions at Caterpillar for 12 years.

"Since she assumed the interim role in February, Suzette has demonstrated outstanding leadership while also establishing herself as a trusted adviser and counselor to myself and other senior executives. She is an excellent addition to Caterpillar's executive office," said Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby.

According to a release from the company, Long first joined Caterpillar in 2004 as an attorney in the legal department. She has served in a number of senior corporate attorney positions 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 led 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 and transportation segment. Prior to joining Caterpillar, she was an attorney with the law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy in Phoenix.