VeriSign has appointed a new CEO, CFO and a permanent executive chairman.

The board of directors has appointed Mark McLaughlin as chief executive officer effective 17th August, and Brian Robins as executive vice president and chief financial officer effective immediately.

Company founder Jim Bidzos will continue to serve as executive chairman on a permanent basis as of 17th August. Additionally, McLaughlin will join the board of directors today.

McLaughlin has served as president and chief operating officer of VeriSign since January 2009. Prior to this, he held a number of roles at VeriSign, including executive vice president and general manager of information services and vice president of corporate business development. McLaughlin will retain his title of president in addition to his new role as CEO and member of the board of directors.

Robins has served as acting chief financial officer since April 2008 and will oversee corporate finance, accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury and investor relations. Robins had served as senior vice president, finance, at VeriSign since August 2007. Bidzos, VeriSign's founder, will remain executive chairman.

Bidzos said: “Mark is an exceptionally strong leader with a unique knowledge of VeriSign's businesses. Both he and Brian, who has demonstrated leadership and financial acumen notably during the significant restructuring of the company, have the experience necessary to lead VeriSign as the most trusted provider of internet infrastructure services. I look forward to continuing to work with them both."

McLaughlin said: “I am very pleased to be working with such a remarkable team at VeriSign, especially at such an exciting time. It is truly an honour to lead the company that has established itself as the leading provider of trust on the internet and to have the opportunity to work toward continuing its great success.”