Mark D. McLaughlin

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Mark D. McLaughlin joined as president and CEO of Palo Alto Networks in August of 2011 and became Chairman of the Board in 2012.

Before coming to Palo Alto Networks, Mark served as President and CEO of Verisign. He held a number of key positions at Verisign from 2000 to 2007, including serving as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Products and Marketing, and head of the company's Naming Services business. Prior to Verisign, he was the Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Signio, a leading Internet payment company, and was instrumental in driving the acquisition of Signio by Verisign in 1999. Before joining Signio, he was the Vice President of Business Development for Gemplus, the world's leading smart-card company. Previous to Gemplus, he also served as General Counsel of Caere Corporation and practiced law as an attorney with Cooley Godward Kronish LLP.

President Barack Obama appointed Mark to serve on the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) in January, 2011. In 2014, President Obama appointed Mark to the position of Chairman of the NSTAC. He 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. He served as an attack helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army and earned an Army Commendation Medal and Airborne Wings. Mark currently serves on the board of directors for Opower (NYSE:OPWR).