GlobalSign Announces Decision to Change Name of US and UK Subsidiaries

Tokyo – April 19, 2010 – GMO Hosting & Security consolidated subsidiary and digital certificate services specialist GlobalSign K.K. (Japan) announces today that it has resolved to change the company names of GlobalSign Ltd. (UK) and GlobalSign, Inc. to GMO GlobalSign,Ltd. and GMO GlobalSign, Inc. This change is effective May 1, 2010.

GMO Hosting & Security and its subsidiaries are GMO Internet Group companies.


GlobalSign digital certification services are now available worldwide with GlobalSign branches in Japan, UK, US, Belgium, China, and Singapore. The UK and US subsidiaries are considered two of our most important operations as they are both based in large English-speaking markets.

GlobalSign K.K. will change the name of its UK and US subsidiaries to promote growth of the GlobalSign brand worldwide and to represent the two companies as members of the GMO Internet Group.

Current and New Company Names
Current Name New Company Name
(effective May 1, 2010)
GlobalSign Ltd. GMO GlobalSign Ltd. United Kingdom
GlobalSign, Inc. GMO GlobalSign, Inc. United States of America

The GlobalSign Certificate Authority has been providing digital authentication services to Belgium since the industry first emerged more than ten years ago. Customers include a number of Belgian government agencies and the GlobalSign Certificate Authority operates many prestigious government projects such as eID*(BELPIC). We are recognized as the Belgian Government Certificate Authority. GlobalSign became a member of the GMO Internet Group in 2006 and is expanding sales of government-level security Japan and worldwide.

*eID:A citizen ID card. This is the first stage of the e-government project in Belgium. The ID card containing a digital certificate is distributed to all Belgian citizens over the age of 12.
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GMO Internet Group, headquartered in Japan, is a leading force in the Internet industry offering one of the most comprehensive ranges of Internet services worldwide. The group holds top domestic market share in domain registration, web hosting, and payment processing and provides a host of other Internet services including global online security services, ecommerce solutions, and Internet advertising to both businesses and individuals. At the centre of the group is GMO Internet, Inc. a company listed on the prestigious first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE: 9449).

GlobalSign K.K.
Company Name GlobalSign K.K.
Address Shibuya Infoss Tower, 20-1 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
CEO Ichiro Chujo
Business Description – Information security and digital authentication
Capital 356,640,000 yen
GMO Hosting & Security, Inc.
Company Name GMO Hosting & Security Inc.
(TSE Mothers Market: 3788)
Address Cerulean Tower, 26-1 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
CEO Mitsuru Aoyama
Business Description – Web hosting
– Internet security
Capital 907.80 million yen (12/2009)
GMO Internet Inc.
Company Name GMO Internet Inc.
(TSE First Section Code: 9449)
Address Cerulean Tower, 26-1 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
CEO Masatoshi Kumagai
Business Description – Web Infrastructure & E-commerce
– Internet Media
Capital 1.27 billion yen
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