Mr. McLaughlin has served as president and chief executive officer and as a director of VeriSign since August 2009. Prior to being named CEO in August 2009, McLaughlin served as president and chief operating officer from January 2009 to August 2009. Previously, Mr. McLaughlin held a number of key positions at VeriSign from 2000 to 2007, including serving as executive vice president of products and marketing. Mr. McLaughlin's other contributions include having run the company's Naming Services business, where he led the successful negotiation of the current agreements for the management of the .com and .net registries. Before leading the Naming Services business, he served as vice president of corporate business development, as well as general manager of the VeriSign Payment Services business.
Prior to VeriSign, Mr. McLaughlin was the vice president of sales and business development for Signio, a leading Internet payment company, and was instrumental in the negotiation and acquisition of Signio by VeriSign in 1999. Before joining Signio, Mr. McLaughlin was the vice president of business development for Gemplus, the world's leading smart-card company. And previous to Gemplus, he also served as general counsel of Caere Corporation and practiced law as an attorney with Cooley Godward Kronish LLP.
Mr. McLaughlin received his J.D., Magna cum Laude, from Seattle University School of Law and his B.S. Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Mr. McLaughlin served as an attack helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army and earned an Army Commendation Medal and Airborne Wings.