DigiCert CEO Nicholas Hales Named 2016 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Utah Region Finalist

Hales’ leadership has guided DigiCert to become the world’s second-largest issuer of high-assurance digital certificates for retail, enterprise and the IoT


LEHI, UT (April 19, 2016) — EY announced that DigiCert CEO Nicholas Hales is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of the Year® 2016 Award in the Utah region. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Hales was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 4, 2016 at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.


“Being named a finalist by EY is a great honor, particularly because of the recognition it brings for our employees in their efforts to strive for excellence and provide a superior experience for our customers,” said Hales. “The exploding internet connectivity of all things in our lives is exciting but also heightening the need for leadership, innovation and strong security practices. At DigiCert, we strive every day to raise the bar for industry and help organizations achieve strong security at the greatest efficiencies possible.”


Continued Hales, “We’re excited about what we’ve accomplished so far and look forward to an even better future, with strong growth.”


Hales prescribes to a business model that prioritizes people first: taking great care of the company’s culture and its employees so that they then do everything possible to help DigiCert’s customers succeed. While pushing the envelope with new technology, Hales has ensured that as DigiCert continues to grow the company maintains a personal touch with its customers. This includes an always-staffed and –available customer support team to help customers navigate digital certificate management.


DigiCert also leads its market through standards setting and innovation. The company participates in more than 60 consortia and drafts many ballots and initiatives to elevate industry practices. DigiCert has led the way as the first to implement new technologies such as Google’s Certificate Transparency, Directed Exchange for secure health information sharing, Extended Validation Code Signing, and customer-friendly features that include unlimited certificate reissues and licensing.


DigiCert has innovated with CertCentral, a comprehensive digital certificate management platform, and other tools to automate and simplify processes for businesses. The company is working with many leading platform providers, device manufacturers, healthcare organizations and industrial systems to implement key protections for connected devices and other IoT deployments.


Recently, DigiCert attracted major investments from Thoma Bravo and TA Associates to help it expand. In 2015, the company purchased Verizon’s Enterprise SSL business unit and partnered with Cybertrust Japan to increase its reach throughout Europe and Asia.


Now in its 30th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.


Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.



Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Utah Region, sponsors also include Beehive Startups, The Community Foundation of Utah, Corporate Alliance, Digital Bytes Production & Design, Diversified Insurance Group, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., Strong & Hanni Law Firm, The Summit Group Communications, and Utah Business Magazine.


About DigiCert, Inc.

DigiCert is a premier, trusted provider of enterprise security solutions with an emphasis on authentication and encryption via managed PKI and high-assurance digital certificates for the web and the Internet of Things. Headquartered in Lehi, Utah, DigiCert is trusted by more than 115,000 of the world’s leading government, finance, healthcare, education, and Fortune 500® organizations. DigiCert has been recognized with dozens of awards for providing enhanced customer value, premium customer service, and market growth leadership. For the latest DigiCert news and updates, visit digicert.com or follow @digicert.


About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.


About EY

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Jeff Chandler
Director of Public Relations


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