Cummins general counsel Sharon Barner promoted to CAO
Vice President and General Counsel Sharon Barner (pictured) will succeed Marya Rose as Chief Administrative Officer in Cummins. In the CAO role, Barner will lead several of Cummins’ largest global groups, including communications, marketing, government relations, compliance, facilities, security, Cummins’ global shared services organization and legal. These functions comprise more than 2000 employees.
Barner joined Cummins in 2012 as General Counsel and immediately made transformative changes to address external factors like increased globalization, technological disruption, and amplified government oversight on the legal function. Over the past nine years, Barner has built a talented and diverse team across 11 countries that has skillfully executed multiple acquisitions, navigated complex regulatory matters, implemented a consolidated contract life cycle management platform and continued to protect Cummins’ interests.
Prior to joining Cummins, Barner served as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) where she was responsible for leading agency operations and managing a budget of more than $2 billion and 10,000 employees. Before that, Barner also excelled in private legal practice, led an intellectual department and was a member of the executive committee of a major Chicago law firm.