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DigiCert Inc., a Lindon-based online security provider, said that Chief Operating Officer Nicholas Hales has been promoted to CEO.

Founder Ken Bretschneider retains overall business strategy oversight with his appointment as Executive Chairman of the Board.

DigiCert verifies the authenticity of secure websites on behalf of a Web browser for the purpose of preventing online phishing scams.

The company said Hales, who has been DigiCert's COO since early 2010, has been instrumental in its efforts to attract top talent and increase its market share.

According to the company, DigiCert has enjoyed revenue growth of nearly 120 percent – continuing its strong growth trends in 2012 – and has been recognized with multiple awards for its customer support and flexible workplace.

"(Nicholas Hales) brings the perfect blend of experience, business and technical savvy, and temperament to accelerate DigiCert's exceptional growth and success," Bretschneider said.

Hales' background includes more than 15 years within the online security space. An attorney, he earlier worked in private practice and as assistant attorney general for the state of Utah. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and a doctorate from Brigham Young University.

Bretschneider founded DigiCert in 2003.