60 Facts About Keith Krach


Keith Krach co-founded Ariba, and was chairman and CEO, and is recognized for his work in B2B Commerce and Digital Transaction Management.

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Keith Krach was Chairman of the board of Trustees for Purdue University.

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Keith Krach was succeeded by acting senior official Marcia Bernicat.

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Keith Krach was born in Lakewood, Ohio, to Elda and John Keith Krach, and was raised in the small town of Rocky River, Ohio.

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Keith Krach says that his first and most important mentors were his parents.

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Keith Krach's father was “the best leader I've ever known in my life.

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Keith Krach certainly modeled one heck of a work ethic, ” said Krach in a 2017 interview.

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Keith Krach began his career at General Motors where he worked at GM's Cadillac Division and Technical Center in Detroit, Michigan and the New York Treasurer's Office under Rick Wagoner.

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Keith Krach was named GM's youngest-ever vice president, at 26, in 1984.

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Keith Krach was one of the founders of GMF Robotics, a joint venture between GM and Fanuc Robotics, which became the largest provider of industrial robots in the world.

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Keith Krach left GM and took a job at startup software company Qronos.

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Keith Krach joined Qronos as its number 2 executive in 1987 but left after nine months over what he called a conflict over values with the CEO.

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In 1988 Keith Krach became a member of the founding team of `Rasna Corporation, a mechanical engineering design software company that was sold to PTC for $500 million in 1995.

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In 1996, Keith Krach was the first entrepreneur in residence at Benchmark Capital, and in 2008, he became a Benchmark CEO in residence.

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From 1996 to 2003, Keith Krach served as co-founder, chairman, and CEO of business-to-business e-commerce company Ariba, creating the world's largest business network transacting $3.

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In 1999, Keith Krach took Ariba public on Nasdaq, with an initial valuation of $6 billion, which grew to $40 billion by 2000, making it one of the first internet software companies to go public.

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In 2000, Keith Krach led the $400 million acquisition of online business auction company Trading Dynamics Inc, and the $1.

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In 2009, Keith Krach became the chairman and in 2011 the CEO of DocuSign, a technology company which provides electronic signature and digital transaction management solutions.

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Keith Krach led efforts to secure strategic investments and support from major companies such as SAP, Google, Salesforce, Visa, Dell, Intel, Samsung, NTT, Mitsui, Telstra, Comcast, FedEx, Deutsche Telekom, and the nation of Singapore.

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In January 2017, Keith Krach named his successor as CEO of DocuSign, with his tenure as chairman ending in January 2019.

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From 2006 to 2009, Keith Krach served on the board of directors of XOJet, and from 2007 to 2011, on the board of Ooma.

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From 2005 to 2011, Keith Krach served as CEO of 3Points, an investment holding company based in Los Gatos, California.

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Additionally, Keith Krach served as board chairman of Angie's List from 2011 to 2014.

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Keith Krach has taken on recent initiatives to accelerate “digital transformations” on a national and global front.

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In 1998, Keith Krach was named a top 10 entrepreneur of the year by Red Herring Magazine.

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Keith Krach earned the Distinguished Engineer Alumni award from Purdue University in 2006, and in 2012 received the Alumni Achievement award from the National College Senior Honor Society.

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Keith Krach received an honorary doctorate from Ohio Northern University in 2015 in Business Administration.

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The Keith Krach family has given back to the organization through grants, product contributions, and event participation to support shared interest in education, mentorship, and leadership, and this recognition was the first time the organization has honored a couple with the award.

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In 2019, Keith Krach was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a non-profit advocacy group that represents more than 390 Silicon Valley firms.

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Keith Krach has been honored with Sigma Chi's Significant Sig Award, and the Order of Constantine Award.

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Keith Krach received an honorary doctorate in industrial engineering from Purdue University in 2018 in recognition for his accomplishments as an entrepreneur, early pioneer in robotics, and as chairman of the board of trustees.

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Keith Krach is the chairman of the DocuSign IMPACT Foundation, DocuSign's philanthropic entity.

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Keith Krach serves as Advisory Board Chairman for New Story, which, among other causes, provided disaster relief initiative for Haiti after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

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Keith Krach co-founded the Children's Autistic Network and served on the board of governors for Opportunity International.

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Keith Krach is a frequent contributing writer for Forbes, Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum on various topics.

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Keith Krach has written about global economic security issues in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Hill, Washington Examiner, Jamaica Observer, The Daily Telegraph, OGlobo, and other publications.

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Keith Krach has lectured on business strategy, technology and building high performance teams at Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, and IMD business school in Switzerland.

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Keith Krach served as the country's top economic diplomat for the State Department.

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Keith Krach developed and operationalized the US global economic security strategy that focused on: driving economic growth, maximizing national security, and addressing the China challenge.

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Keith Krach's responsibilities included international trade and investment policy; international finance, development, and debt policy; economic sanctions and combating terrorist financing; international energy security policy; international telecommunications and transportation policies; support for U S businesses, and economic policy analysis, public diplomacy, and private sector outreach.

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Keith Krach was charged with advancing the State Department's economic development agenda; elevating and intensifying the Department's efforts related to energy security, clean energy, and environmental sustainability; and fostering innovation through robust science, entrepreneurship, and technology policies.

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Keith Krach covered issues ranging from space to the oceans, with the goal of advancing U S strategic interests through policy aimed at ensuring that economic growth and a healthy planet go hand in hand.

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Keith Krach's stated mission was to lead economic statecraft initiatives to enhance economic growth, energy security and the health of the planet, in order maximize national security and advance the interests of United States citizens.

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Keith Krach served as United States Alternate Governor of The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; United States Alternate Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and United States Alternate Governor of the Inter-American Development Bank.

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Keith Krach claimed the misstatement jeopardized the mission and credibility of his worldwide team as they were responded to the myriad issues spawned by the pandemic and had the potential to undermine the work of thousands of civil servants and foreign service officers by undercutting their ability to operate with the trust necessary to accomplish the mission.

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Keith Krach attended the funeral of former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui, and met with President Tsai, and led the development of an economic collaboration agreement which he named the Lee Economic Prosperity Partnership after Taiwan's "Father of Democracy, " former President Lee Teng-hui.

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The People's Republic of China government in Beijing viewed the trip as a provocation by the United States because Keith Krach was attending the memorial service for former President Lee Teng-hui, who had advocated for international recognition of Taiwan.

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The presence of Under Secretary Krach was perceived as a break in the former U S policy of not antagonizing Beijing.

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Keith Krach had a global campaign that included trips to Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.

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Keith Krach secured commitments to the Clean Network from other EU countries, such as Estonia, Albania, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Cyprus.

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Keith Krach led the State Department's efforts to protect American investors from unknowingly financing what he described as the People's Republic of China's military, security, intelligence apparatus and, human rights abuses.

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Keith Krach did so by urging U S businesses and investment vehicles to disclose Chinese assets and divest Chinese stocks participating in human rights violations.

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Keith Krach stated that most Americans have no idea that their own money funds these Chinese companies.

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Keith Krach further asserted that through a web of subsidiaries, index funds, financial products and lack of proper disclosure, the average American investor is forced to support Chinese companies in their pension funds, 401Ks, brokerage accounts, charitable and university endowments.

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Keith Krach urged them to consider publicly disclosing all Chinese company holdings to their campus communities.

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Keith Krach stressed that ample notice have been given to compliance officers and risk managers about disclosing the material risk?associated to their constituents.

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That is the stark choice that Keith Krach has enabled through his years-long campaign and mission to unify the world around a common, peaceful technology accord, formally recognized today as the Clean Network alliance.

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Keith Krach is married to Metta Krach, former senior corporate counsel at Gap Inc, current member of the board of visitors for Georgetown Law School, board of governors for the San Francisco Symphony, and current member of the executive committee of the board of trustees for the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

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In 2015, Keith Krach successfully caught a thief who had taken his iPhone from his hands.

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Keith Krach claimed the officers had recently used DocuSign and shared their positive experiences with him.

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