Former VeriSign CEO Mark McLaughlin has joined next generation firewall vendor Palo Alto Networks as its new president and CEO.

Upon joining later this month, McLaughlin will also become a member of the board of directors at Palo Alto Networks.

He said: “I'm very excited to join Palo Alto Networks. The company's disruptive technology, proven market success and strong momentum make this a unique opportunity to lead the company with its continued, explosive growth in a multi-billion dollar market."

Nir Zuk, founder and CTO of Palo Alto Networks, said: “We are thrilled that Mark is joining Palo Alto Networks. His proven executive leadership experience, customer focus and passion for innovation will help us take the company to the next level.”