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19 May 2014

GMO GlobalSign Adds to Management Team, Expanding Identity Services to Mobile and Internet of Things

Robert Marcus, Vice Chairman, and Joan Lockhart, CMO, appointed to help leverage Company’s expertise as Certificate Authority to drive new global opportunities

Boston, MA – May 19, 2014 - GlobalSign (https://www.globalsign.com), a leading global Certificate Authority (CA) and a provider of identity services for ecommerce, communications, content and communities, announced it has expanded its management team to position the Company for accelerated growth as it prepares to meet the skyrocketing demands for trusted identities in the enterprise, as well as for mobile transactions and smart devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). GlobalSign is the security division of GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

"I am pleased to welcome Robert Marcus as vice chairman, and Joan Lockhart as CMO, to GlobalSign," said Ichiro Chujo, Chairman and CEO of GlobalSign. "The Company is experiencing strong momentum, driven by the need for multi-factor authentication in the enterprise, increased demand for SSL, government initiatives mandating increased security, and from emerging applications in mobile and device authentication. These executives bring extensive depth in global strategy, security, mobile technologies, and fast-growing enterprise software sectors, and will complement our already strong management team."

Robert Marcus, vice chairman, is responsible for overseeing the company’s global operations and corporate expansion strategy, focusing on helping GlobalSign develop strategic partnerships, technology investments and possible acquisitions. He is the co-author of "The Fifth Wave, A Strategic Vision for Mobile Internet Innovation, Investment and Return" (2012), and spent nearly a decade at Microsoft, architecting its early mobile internet strategy and solutions. He is a founder of QuantumWave Capital, and also built a public company to a half-billion dollar valuation, co-founded three successful start-ups, and led a turnaround, generating two IPOs. He is based in Paris.

Joan Lockhart, chief marketing officer for GlobalSign, will be responsible for driving strategy, global branding, online initiatives and customer acquisition programs. from GlobalSign’s North American headquarters in Boston. She brings a wealth of marketing and sales experience in a broad range of high-growth industries, including security, telecommunications and enterprise software. Most recently, she was vice president of marketing at Geomagic, where she helped drive its successful sale to 3D Systems. Previously, she was vice president of sales and marketing at Sensable, acquired by Geomagic. As vice president of marketing at GeoTrust, she drove market share growth and positioning, resulting in GeoTrust’s successful sale to VeriSign. She has also held marketing and executive leadership positions with RSA Security, Avid (IPO), Convergent Networks, MCK (IPO) and PictureTel, each during periods of rapid growth.

"The mobile internet is radically altering life, society and commerce, and there is a fundamental need for trusted identities," said Robert Marcus, vice chairman for GlobalSign. "As a leading Certificate Authority, we have the vision, experience, and technology to fill that need -- a highly available and global network, proven PKI infrastructure, and the systems for authenticating and issuing trusted identities. I believe that GlobalSign can be an incredibly valuable player in the Internet of Everything and we’ll be detailing a number of exciting initiatives in the coming months that will further our vision to enable secure online transactions through our trusted identity services."

About GMO GlobalSign

GlobalSign, founded in 1996, is a provider of identity services for the Internet of Everything (IoE), mediating trust to enable safe commerce, communications, content delivery and community interactions for billions of online transactions occurring around the world at every moment.  Its identity and access management portfolio, acquired from Ubisecure in September 2014, includes access control, single sign-on (SSO), federation and delegation services to help organizations and service providers create new business models for customer and partner interactions.  The former Ubisecure operation is now the GlobalSign Center of Excellence for IAM, located in Helsinki, Finland. GlobalSign’s solutions are designed to address the massive scalability demanded by the emerging $14.4 trillion IoE market, where the ability to make secure networked connections among people, processes, data and things, will require that every “thing” have a trusted identity that can be managed.  The company has offices in the U.S., Europe and throughout Asia.  For the latest news on GlobalSign, visit www.globalsign.com or follow GlobalSign on Twitter (@globalsign ).

About GMO Cloud KK

GMO Cloud K.K. (TSE: 3788) is a full-service IT infrastructure provider focused on cloud solutions. Established as a hosting company in 1996, the company has managed servers for more than 130,000 businesses and now has 6,500 sales partners throughout Japan. In February of 2011, the company launched GMO Cloud to enhance its focus on cloud-based solutions. Since 2007, the company has also grown its GlobalSign SSL security brand through offices in Belgium, U.K., U.S., China and Singapore. For more information please visit http://ir.gmocloud.com/english/ .

GMO Internet Group

GMO Internet Group is an Internet services industry leader, developing and operating Japan’s most widely used domain, hosting & cloud, ecommerce, security, and payment solutions. The Group also comprises the world’s largest online FX trading platform, as well as online advertising, Internet media, and mobile entertainment products. GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information please visit http://www.gmo.jp/en/.

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