Founder Ken Bretschneider Appointed as Executive Chairman of the Board
LINDON, UT (April 16, 2012) — DigiCert, Inc., an online security provider for many of the most recognized brands and websites in the world, today announced that Chief Operating Officer (COO) Nicholas Hales has been promoted to CEO. Founder Ken Bretschneider retains overall business strategy oversight with his appointment as Executive Chairman of the Board. The long-planned announcements come amid aggressive growth at DigiCert and Bretschneider’s formation of a strong executive leadership team to carry forward the company’s day-to-day operations.
Hales, who has been DigiCert’s COO since early 2010, has been instrumental in the company’s efforts to attract top talent and increase its market share. Under his leadership, DigiCert has enjoyed revenue growth of nearly 120 percent – continuing its strong growth trends in 2012 – and has been recognized with multiple awards for its customer value, customer support and flexible workplace.
“Nick brings the perfect blend of experience, business and technical savvy, and temperament to accelerate DigiCert’s exceptional growth and success,” said DigiCert Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board Ken Bretschneider. “I join with my fellow DigiCert board members and our company’s employees in expressing our utmost confidence and support in Nick and his talented team.”
Hales’ background includes more than 15 years within the online security space. Previous to his appointment at DigiCert, Hales worked in the industry as a Director and Chief Legal Officer at Comodo and CEO of USERTrust. A licensed attorney, he previously worked in private practice and as assistant attorney general for the state of Utah, among other positions of public service. Hales holds a BA from the University of Utah and a JD from Brigham Young University.
Bretschneider founded DigiCert in 2003, and since that time it has grown to become the world’s third-largest provider of high-assurance digital certificates. Noted for its focus on customer value, exceptional customer support and an empowering workplace, DigiCert continues to experience high revenue and market share growth.