SOURCE: Opower


December 12, 2013 10:00 ET

Opower Welcomes Mark McLaughlin, Chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks, to Its Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 12, 2013) - Opower, the global leader of cloud-based software for the utility industry, today announced that Mark McLaughlin, Chairman, President, and CEO of Palo Alto Networks, is joining the company's Board of Directors. Mark joins recently appointed Opower Board Members Marcus Ryu, CEO of Guidewire, and Deep Nishar, Senior Vice President of Product at LinkedIn.

"Mark has proven expertise in scaling technology companies and leading successful teams," said Dan Yates, Opower's CEO and co-founder. "He has helped Palo Alto Networks redefine the security industry. His experience as a leader in fast growth environments makes him a terrific addition to Opower's board."

"I'm excited to join Opower's board and assist with their growth and expansion plans," said Mark McLaughlin. "Opower is combining a consumer approach with data analytics to open up new opportunities within the utility vertical. I see tremendous possibilities for the company and I look forward to joining Dan and the other board members in this journey."

Mr. McLaughlin has served as President, CEO, and Chairman of Palo Alto Networks since August of 2011. Palo Alto Networks delivers a next-generation security platform that protects thousands of enterprise, government, and service provider networks from cyber threats. Since his tenure, Palo Alto Networks has quickly beaten out competition to become a global leader in network security.

Prior to Palo Alto Networks, Mr. McLaughlin served as the President and CEO of VeriSign and held leadership positions at two privately-held fast growth companies including Signio -- which was acquired by VeriSign -- and Gemplus.

About Opower
Working with 90 utility partners and serving more than 22 million consumers across eight countries, Opower is a leading provider of cloud-based software to the utility industry. Opower's platform uses big data analytics and behavioral science to enable utilities to achieve energy outcomes, including energy efficiency, customer engagement and demand response. Founded in 2007 and privately held, Opower is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with offices in San Francisco, London, Singapore and Tokyo. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter at @Opower.  

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