ADA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LegalShield, the world’s leading provider of legal and privacy protection plans, today announced the appointment of Arnold Blinn as Chief Architect, effective immediately, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bell.
As Chief Architect, Mr. Blinn will be responsible for helping to design and modernize the company’s technology, as well as ensuring the architectural integrity and consistency across the entire organization. He will also be responsible for guiding technology investments at many levels within the organization and will work closely with the marketing and business teams to ensure the systems are effectively serving customer needs.
Prior to joining LegalShield, Mr. Blinn was the Chief Product Architect at GoDaddy where he spent seven years helping to redefine the product architecture, integration, and technical strategy of the company.
Before GoDaddy, Mr. Blinn was a Partner Architect at Microsoft Corporation. He spent 17 years working on the Windows Phone, Xbox, Windows Live, and MSN in a variety of roles driving product teams and division level product architecture. He also ran several new product incubation teams during this time, including several domains and DNS related services that ultimately became parts of O365 and part of Azure.
Prior to his time at Microsoft, Mr. Blinn was the co-founder of eShop, Inc. eShop was an early pioneer in online commerce and electronic shopping. This company was acquired by Microsoft in 1996 and formed the basis of Microsoft Commerce Server.
Mr. Blinn has approximately 40 patents issued and another 40 pending in electronic commerce, digital rights management, photo manipulation, domains and other online services. He holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics (Computer Science) from Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Blinn has also served as a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University and serves on the Alumni Advisory Board for the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science.
“Arnold brings a level of leadership, experience and results that will materially increase our ability to pursue our just cause – to protect and empower more people,” said Mr. Bell. “In now our 48th year, LegalShield continues to serve more people with legal and privacy management services. Arnold brings a tremendous amount of technical and large-scale web services expertise, dedicated to meeting customer needs and expectations. It is an honor to have him join us.”
Mr. Blinn commented: “I’m excited to join a company with such large ambitions, which creates an exciting opportunity not only for me but also for the entire LegalShield family. I look forward to working closely with Jeff and all my new colleagues, as we create a customer experience for legal services and identity protection that is second to none.”
About LegalShield and IDShield
A trailblazer in the democratization of affordable access to legal protection, LegalShield is one of North America’s largest providers of online legal subscription plans covering more than 4.4 million people. Its IDShield identity theft solution for individuals and families has more than one million members. LegalShield and IDShield serve more than 141,000 businesses. In addition, over 40,000 companies offer LegalShield and IDShield plans to their employees as a voluntary benefit. Both legal and identity theft plans start for less than $25 per month. For more information about LegalShield, visit: https://www.legalshield.com/ or for more information about IDShield, visit: https://www.idshield.com/.