Class of 1994
B.S., United States Military Academy at West Point
Mark McLaughlin is an accomplished business leader who has led major corporations, resulting in growth and innovation in the economy.
He is currently CEO of Palo Alto Networks and on the Advisory Board of TroopSwap.com, an ecommerce platform exclusively for veterans, service members and their families.
Mark previously served as president and CEO and as a director of Verisign, an Internet infrastructure provider headquartered in Virginia. He was also appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.
A West Point graduate, he served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot, earning an Army Commendation Medal and Airborne Wings. After law school, he was counsel for Cooley Godward Kronish LLP. general counsel for Caere Corporation, vice president of business development for Gemplus, and vice president of sales and business development for Signio, which in 1999 acquired Verisign. He held several key positions at Versign before his current role.
He also serves as a director of Vesta, a worldwide leader in electronic payment solutions, and is a member of TechNet Executive Council, a bipartisan network of CEOs that promotes the growth of innovation in the economy.
Grateful for his legal education, he is committed to working with the law school and Dean Mark Niles to expand opportunities for graduates.