Maria Sheffield is insurance corporate counsel for Caterpillar Inc. and serves as vice president, corporate secretary and general counsel to Caterpillar’s six insurance entities, which include in part a life and health company, property/casualty company, captive and an insurance agency. Prior to joining Caterpillar, Ms. Sheffield served as the captive insurance program manager for the state of Missouri and spent 11 years in private practice specializing in insurance regulatory and compliance matters. She has been recognized by Business Insurance as a Women to Watch honoree, received the Atlanta Woman magazine’s “Women on the Way” award, and was listed in Captive Review’s Power 50. Ms. Sheffield has a J.D., MBA, MPA and a B.A. and is admitted in New York, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas and the U.S. Supreme Court. She also is a registered arbitrator and mediator in the state of Georgia.