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Inaugural Keith Krach Leadership Lecture Series

Keith Krach Leadership Lecture Series, featuring inaugural speaker Scott Sperling

Purdue Makes Leaders

Join us for the 2012 Inaugural Keith Krach Leadership Lecture Series featuring:

Keynote speaker Scott Sperling, Purdue graduate and Co-President of THL Partners - a private equity firm that has raised $22 billion and invested in more than 100 businesses.

Opening remarks by Keith Krach, Purdue graduate, Chairman of Purdue Board of Trustees, Chairman and CEO of DocuSign – the leading electronic signature platform for iPad and Android devices, and co-founder of Ariba – a B2B e-commerce pioneer and one of the fastest growing software companies in history.

This event is FREE and students are encouraged to attend.

Fowler Hall

Stewart Center

Thursday, February 2nd at 7:30 PM

Light refreshments served immediately following for a Meet & Greet with Keith Krach and keynote speaker Scott Sperling

About Scott Sperling

Scott Sperling

Mr. Sperling is Co-President of Thomas H. Lee Partners (“THL”) and Trustee and General Partner of various Thomas H. Lee Partners Equity Funds.  THL is one of the nation’s leading Buyout Fund organizations with over $22 billion under management in its various funds. It’s most recent fund is Thomas H. Lee Partners Equity Fund VI, a $10 billion LBO Fund.  

Mr. Sperling has been a director of numerous companies over the past thirty years including Fisher Scientific, Experian, PriCellular, Houghton Mifflin, The Learning Company and ProSeiben Sat1.  Mr. Sperling is currently a Director of Clear Channel Communications, Thermo Fisher Corp., Warner Music Group and several private companies.

Prior to joining THL, Mr. Sperling was for over ten years, Managing Partner of the private capital affiliate of Harvard Management Company where he started and led the private investment areas of the Harvard Endowment including buyouts, venture capital, real estate and commodities.  Before that he was a senior consultant and case leader with the Boston Consulting Group. 

Mr. Sperling is also a member of the Board of the Brigham & Women’s / Faulkner Hospital Group, Chairman of the Board for the Citi Performing Arts Center, member of Harvard Business School’s Rock Center Board and the Harvard Business School Dean’s Advisory Board. He holds an MBA degree from Harvard University and a BS from Purdue University. He is married with four children.

About Keith Krach

Keith Krach

Keith Krach was appointed to the Purdue Board of Trustees by Governor Mitch Daniels in July of 2007. In July of 2009, he was elected by his fellow Trustees to be the Chairman of the Board. Krach serves as the Chairman and CEO of DocuSign, the global standard for electronic signature. Krach assumed the role of CEO in August 2011 after two years as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Krach also serves as Chairman of the Board at Angie's List.

After earning his B.S. degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University in 1979 as a General Motors Scholar and an MBA from Harvard University in 1981 as a GM Fellow, Keith Krach worked at GM’s Cadillac Division, New York Treasurer’s Office, and GM’s Technical Center before being named as GM's youngest-ever vice president at the age of 26. Krach then went on to spearhead GM’s first-ever Japanese joint venture, GMF Robotics.

After 10 years with GM, Krach headed out to Silicon Valley to join the founding team of Rasna Corporation as the Chief Operating Officer. Rasna was recognized as #3 on the Inc. 100 list of Fastest-Growing Companies and was sold in 1995 to Parametric Technologies (PMTC on NASDAQ) for $500 million. Krach then became the first entrepreneur-in-residence at Benchmark Capital where he assembled the team to form Ariba in 1996.

Krach co-founded Ariba (ARBA on NASDAQ) in 1996, serving as CEO and Chairman of the Board for 7 years. Under his leadership as CEO, Ariba not only pioneered the business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce industry, but also grew rapidly to become the dominant global player. During his tenure as CEO, Krach took Ariba public, ultimately achieving a market capitalization of $34 billion and becoming one of the fastest growing software companies in history. In honor of his accomplishments in e-business, Ernst & Young named Keith Krach the 2000 National Entrepreneur of the Year, the same year in which he was honored at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with the Technology Pioneer Award.

Keith Krach has lectured at Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley and IMD in Switzerland, and was named a Distinguished Engineer at Purdue. Krach is committed to numerous philanthropic endeavors, including co-founding the Children’s Autistic Network, serving on the Board of Governors for Opportunity International, the largest issuer of micro loans in the world, and being named as the International President for the Sigma Chi Fraternity (2005-2007), with over 250,000 members. In 2007, Krach also had the honor of serving as a member of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference in the Middle East, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Krach has five children, Monica (Princeton ‘08), Stephen (USC‘11) and Carter (Purdue expected '14,) and twins JD and Emma.  Krach and his wife, Metta (B.A. UCLA; J.D. Georgetown), and twins JD and Emma call both California and Indiana their home.