Lots of general counsel have difficult jobs. But at his last posting, as GC of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Richard Goshorn had to manage the legal affairs — and the no doubt healthy egos — of hundreds of lawyers.

That type of stamina might be just what his new employer, VeriSign, needs. The Mountain View, Calif., domain name and network security company recently announced it was taking a $160 million charge due to stock option improprieties.

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