Keith KrachChairman of the Board & Former CEO, DocuSign
Keith Krach is a Silicon Valley innovator, known for building high-performance companies, leading them to successful public offerings, and driving sustained shareholder value. He led the creation of the categories of Business-to-Business (B2B) Electronic Commerce, Mechanical Design Synthesis, eSignature and Digital Transaction Management (DTM), and is recognized as an early pioneer in the robotics industry.
As Chairman & CEO of DocuSign, Krach spearheaded its transformation from a startup to the global powerhouse it is today. Under his leadership, DocuSign became a verb and built the DocuSign Global Trust Network, which comprises more than 320,000 companies and 300 million users in 188 countries.
Keith graduated from Purdue in 1979 with a degree in Industrial Engineering on a General Motors Scholarship.
After Purdue, Keith attended Harvard Business School on another GM fellowship and then became GM’s youngest-ever Vice President at the age of 26.
Keith later moved to Silicon Valley to build multiple game-changing companies from the ground up, including Rasna, which created a new methodology for optimizing mechanical designs, and Ariba, which is credited with creating B2B e-commerce. Krach took Ariba public in 2000, ultimately achieving a market capitalization of $40 billion, and today, $1.3 trillion of commerce is transacted annually through the Ariba network.
In 2007, Krach had the honor of being appointed to the Purdue Board of Trustees and was elected by fellow Board members to serve as Chairman from 2009-2013. In 2012, Krach appointed Mitch Daniels, the sitting Governor of Indiana, to be the 12th President of the University, a decision he believes will prove to be one of the boldest and most impactful moves made in the history of higher education.