64th Grand Consul Keith Krach
Former Chairman and CEO of DocuSign and Ariba Keith Krach has had a longstanding association with the Sigma Chi Fraternity, an international organization with more than 300,000 lifetime members and 244 chapters. He joined Sigma Chi’s Delta Delta chapter as an undergraduate at Purdue University and has remained meaningfully involved, giving back to an organization that has given him so much. Krach credits the close ties to his fraternity brothers, the focus on values-based living, and the leadership opportunities he experienced, as key in his personal development and the foundation of both his business success and true north compass. Krach ultimately had the honor to serve as Sigma Chi’s International President, but his lifelong love of the fraternity has spanned many roles and honors.
As an undergraduate at Purdue, Krach was elected to serve two terms as Consul (chapter president) and as Magister (pledge trainer). He was awarded the Delta Delta Scholarship for having the highest Grade Point Average 6 semesters in a row. In 1979, Krach received The International Balfour Award which is the Fraternity’s highest undergraduate honor. It is given to the one outstanding graduating senior who best exemplifies the Fraternity’s values through leadership, scholarship, chapter and community service.
As an alum, Krach served the Fraternity in a number of capacities: Grand Consul; Grand Pro Consul; Chairman of the Leadership Training Board (LTB) for 6 years and LTB board member for 10 years; Workshop Faculty for over 20 years; Undergraduate Representative on the Executive Committee; Board of Governors for the Foundation. In 1997, Krach was inducted into Sigma Chi’s Order of Constantine, a select group of members chosen for their extraordinary commitment and involvement with the organization. That same year he was honored with the Significant Sig award in recognition of his distinguished business career. In 2005, Krach was inducted into the Sigma Chi Hall of Fame.
Much that remains core within the leadership of Sigma Chi today was created under Krach. During his Chairmanship of the LTB, the annual Leadership Training Workshop was endowed by the Balfour Foundation and the Horizon’s Leadership Program was created. As Grand Pro Consul, Krach drove development of the Strategic Plan. The Vision – to be the preeminent collegiate leadership development organization with the mission to develop values-based leaders committed to the betterment of character, campus and community. As Grand Consul, Krach presided over the 150th Anniversary which was the largest Greek gathering in history. Krach was also inspired to create the Mark Anderson Character-In-Action Award and the Military Sig Pin during his tenure.
Immediately following Krach’s term as Grand Consul, he was appointed to the Purdue Board of Trustees and 2 years later elected as Chairman of the Board. In 2012, he proudly hired Mitch Daniels, at the time serving as the Governor of Indiana, to be Purdue’s 12th President. In 2014, Purdue University honored Krach by dedicating its new, 81,500 square-foot Center for Student Excellence and Leadership in his name: The Krach Leadership Center. At the dedication ceremony, Krach shared some of his early experiences with Sigma Chi as key factors in his career success. The Krach Leadership Center joins several other buildings on the Purdue campus named after notable Sigma Chi brothers, including Booth Tarkington and Drew Brees. The Purdue Sigma Chi Chapter House was named after George Ade and Keith Krach in 2010.
Krach is a generous philanthropist, giving a great deal of time and money to causes benefiting children, education, leadership, global micro finance, the arts and medicine for both cancer and autism through his family foundation. Keith is also the Chairman of the DocuSign IMPACT Foundation. The mission is to transform people’s lives by transforming noble causes. The IMPACT Foundation has supported thousands of noble causes including the Special Olympics, New Story Charity, TechBridge Girls, and Team Rubicon.
Krach is a celebrated lecturer and has spoken at Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley and IMD Business School in Switzerland on a variety of topics including business strategy, technology and how to build a high performance team.
Keith and his wife, Metta Krach, reside in San Francisco, California. In 1997, Metta became the International Sweetheart of Sigma Chi while attending UCLA. She went to Georgetown Law School and later became Senior Corporate Counsel at The Gap. Metta sits on the Board of the San Francisco Symphony and Children’s Discovery Museum. Keith and Metta have 5 children: Monika (Princeton), Steve (USC Sig), Carter (Purdue Sig) and 5-year-old twins, JD and Emma, future Sig and Sweetheart.