John Merrill was named DigiCert CEO in August 2016, after serving as the company’s COO during the previous three years. Merrill has led the DigiCert acquisition of Symantec’s Website Security and related PKI solutions as well as Verizon’s Enterprise SSL business, significantly expanding DigiCert’s global footprint. He has played a pivotal role in overseeing the company’s finance, operations, sales, and emerging markets divisions. Among his initiatives as COO, Merrill oversaw the company’s focus on enhancing its solutions for the Internet of Things, advancing its industry leadership, and developing innovative certificate management platforms. Merrill has a strong, multi-decade background in corporate finance, marketing, and operations for high-revenue growth companies.
Prior to joining DigiCert, Merrill was President of the Global Retail Division for Connolly, Inc., where he led efforts that grew the division revenue by 93 percent during his five-year tenure. Previously, Merrill was COO for UserTrust, Inc., where he oversaw the digital security company’s growth and ultimate acquisition. He also led division growth at GE Capital and Evans and Sutherland. Merrill received a BA in Economics from The University of Utah and an MBA from Cornell University.