DigiCert Names COO John Merrill as its CEO

LEHI, UT (September 1, 2016) — DigiCert, a global leader in trusted identity and authentication services for enterprise web applications and the Internet of Things (IoT), today named John Merrill as its new CEO. Merrill has been serving as the company’s COO since Aug. 2013. Merrill takes over for former CEO, Nicholas Hales, who will step back from day-to-day operations and will continue to advise the company on strategic projects.


“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead this great company,” said Merrill. “I look forward to building upon the DigiCert legacy of innovation, customer focus and industry leadership. We will continue pursuing an aggressive growth strategy as a global leader in web security and the Internet of Things.”


Since joining DigiCert more than three years ago, Merrill has played a pivotal role, alongside Hales, overseeing the company’s finance, operations, sales and emerging markets divisions. During this time, the company has become firmly established as the world’s largest pure issuer of high-assurance digital certificates and a go-to security provider for emerging markets such as the IoT. Merrill led the DigiCert acquisition of Verizon’s Enterprise SSL business, and expanded its global footprint through EMEA, and in Asia via a partnership with Cybertrust Japan.


Prior to joining DigiCert, Merrill spent more than 20 years leading companies to significant revenue and profitability growth, including firms such as Connolly, Inc., USERTrust, GE Capital, and Evans and Sutherland. He holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BA in Economics from the University of Utah.


Hales, who joined DigiCert as COO in 2010 and was named CEO in 2012, will continue to advise the company on special projects. During his tenure at DigiCert, Hales has led the company through an important transformation from a successful startup to one of the world’s leading providers of enterprise PKI and trusted identity. Hales was recently named 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Utah region.


DigiCert works with the world’s largest brands to protect their enterprise web and expanding IoT deployments for healthcare, industrial, infrastructure, technology, home automation, automotive, retail, banking and many other industries. With a focus on innovation, automation, scalability and expertise to simplify customer PKI deployments, DigiCert continues to provide its services to leading companies, including six of the global Alexa Top 10.


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 enterprise 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.


Jeff Chandler
Director of Public Relations


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