Keith Krach
China, Economics and Trade, Commerce, Energy

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The Hon. Keith Krach is an American businessman, Silicon Valley innovator,
philanthropist and public servant, noted for bringing transformational
leadership to many sectors, including robotics, engineering, commerce,
education, philanthropy, government and even the way people sign. He is
the former Chairman of the Purdue Board of Trustees and recruited sitting
Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, to be the 12th President of the
University.  Krach was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve
as Under Secretary of State (2019-2021) to lead America’s economic
diplomacy portfolio.

As the nation’s top economic diplomat, Krach led the development of the
bipartisan Global Economic Security Strategy; built the Clean Network
Alliance of Democracies to defeat the CCP’s masterplan to control 5G
communications; spearheaded the largest onshoring in US history to
secure the semiconductor supply chain; drove divestment in CCP
companies to protect US investors from unknowingly financing Chinese
military buildup; championed the human rights by mobilizing action against
CCP’s ethnic/religious genocide in Xinjiang; directed the repatriation of
100,000 United States citizens during the 2020 global pandemic, and
strengthened ties with Taiwan by orchestrating the Lee Economic
Prosperity Partnership Agreement and becoming the highest ranking state
department official to visit in 41 years. As a result of these and other
national security initiatives, Krach and his family were sanctioned by the

Krach served as DocuSign Chairman & CEO for 10 years, transforming it
from a startup to the global powerhouse it is today. Prior to that, Krach co-
founded Ariba serving as Chairman & CEO, creating the world’s largest
business-to-business e-commerce network which now transacts $3.7 trillion
annually. Krach also was the Chairman of the Board for Angie’s List, the co-
founder and COO of mechanical design software leader Rasna Corporation,
the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Benchmark Capital, the International
President of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, the 2000 Ernst & Young National
Entrepreneur of the Year, Harvard Business School’s 2019 Business Leader
of the Year and the youngest-ever Vice President of General Motors.

Krach earned a B.S. Degree in Engineering from Purdue University in 1979,
and MBA from Harvard Business School in 1981, receiving a full scholarship
from GM for both schools.  In 2018, he received an Honorary Doctorate in
Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.