DigiCert CEO Nicholas Hales Wins 2016 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award For Utah Region

Under Hales’ leadership, DigiCert leads its industry in market share growth and acts as shaping force for innovation in securing large-scale web, IoT deployments


LEHI, UT (June 6, 2016) — Today EY announced that DigiCert CEO Nicholas Hales has received the prestigious 2016 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Services category in the Utah region. DigiCert is the world’s second-largest provider of high-assurance digital certificates, providing online authentication and encryption for the world’s largest enterprises to secure their web and Internet of Things (IoT) investments.


Hales, who was presented with the award at a special gala event at Salt Lake City’s Grand America Hotel on June 4, was selected by an independent panel of judges. 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.


“I’m humbled and honored to receive this award as a recognition of the numerous contributions of our management team, our employees, our board and their families, who truly make DigiCert succeed,” said Hales. “Receiving this award further strengthens DigiCert’s resolve to demonstrate continued innovation, excellent customer experience and industry leadership as we strive to raise the bar for information security practices in our increasingly connected economy.”


DigiCert excels in its market through its focus on innovation, customer experience and industry leadership. The company’s award-winning digital certificate management platform, CertCentral®, helps organizations simplify management of their often complex certificate deployments. DigiCert’s in-house expertise and always-on customer support eases enterprise security concerns with flexible and scalable certificate solutions that include a responsive API capable of hosting billions of certificates without downtime. DigiCert also leads the way in elevating industry best practices as an active member of more than 60 consortia and a frequent developer of standards for existing and emerging markets.


Because of DigiCert’s approach to the market and its strong reputation, the company enjoys best-in-class customer retention rates and industry leading market share growth. The company boasts a strong portfolio with Fortune 500 and leading customers across technology, healthcare, manufacturing, critical infrastructure, finance, retail and many more industries. DigiCert recently expanded its influence with the 2015 purchase of Verizon’s Enterprise SSL business unit and subsequent partnership with Cybertrust Japan to increase its reach throughout Europe and Asia. DigiCert benefits from the experience and expertise of its investors Thoma Bravo and TA Associates, as it continues to innovate to serve the needs of a rapidly growing and diverse global client base.


Now in its 30th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods, and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2015 winners Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks.


As a Utah Region award winner, Hales now is eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2017.



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’s Strategic Growth Markets Practice

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Jeff Chandler
Director of Public Relations


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