As part of its transition to a public company after a successful IPO in April this year, DocuSign (NASDAQ:DOCU) today announced that it will welcome three new members to its board of directors, and that five will in turn move off over the course of the year.
Joining effective August 29, 2018, are former GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving, Docker chairman and CEO Steve Singh, and IBM Watson business unit GM Inhi Cho Suh.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming Inhi, Blake and Steve into their new roles on our board,” said Dan Springer, the CEO of DocuSign. “We have worked with them all in various roles over the years. They bring a wealth of experience across the public and private sector. And they bring unique perspectives in the areas of SaaS, big data, artificial intelligence, and serving customers from the largest enterprises to the very smallest businesses. This will offer a vital contribution to our growth and evolution as a newly-public company.”
With more than 25 years of leadership experience at public corporate and consumer technology companies—including Microsoft, Yahoo and GoDaddy—Irving will bring a breadth of knowledge to DocuSign’s board. “In the SaaS industry, it’s rare to see a company create a category from scratch, grow to lead that category, and then continue its innovation ark by extending to meet an even broader set of business challenges. That’s what we are seeing with DocuSign and its System of Agreement vision, and that’s why I am excited to join the board and help support the company for the future,” said Irving.
Singh has been Docker’s chairman and CEO for just over a year, having spent much of his career prior to that at SAP and Concur Technologies—all of which ensures he offers public, private and enterprise SaaS expertise. “Joining DocuSign’s board is exciting for me both personally and professionally. I’ve worked across a spectrum of enterprise technologies, so I can appreciate the impact that DocuSign is already having in that space—and its vast potential for the future,” said Singh.
Suh is an industry veteran, with 20 years of experience driving innovation at IBM. She currently leads the company’s Watson Customer Engagement business unit and is no stranger to DocuSign, having appeared on the company’s Momentum conference stage as a customer and partner over the past few years. “DocuSign is a strong digital brand that engenders trust among people and businesses. The company offers incredible value to customers, demonstrates strong innovation, and is on a solid growth path—I look forward to supporting its success as a member of the board,” said Suh.
As part of this planned transition, DocuSign founder Tom Gonser and current chairman Keith Krach will leave their board roles at the end of the year. And directors Scott Darling, Rory O’Driscoll and Jonathan Roberts will leave their board roles when the new members join on August 29, 2018.
“I know that I speak for the entire company when I offer my sincerest thanks to Tom, Keith, Scott, Rory and Jonathan,” added Springer. “Each have helped write important chapters of the DocuSign story. For this we are all grateful, and I know they will remain close to the company.”