DocuSign CEO Dan Springer Steps Down, Interim CEO Will Replace Him

DocuSign is in the weeds, and CEO Dan Springer is stepping down to let someone else take charge. Who will be the next DocuSign CEO?

Rachel Curry - Author

Jun. 21 2022, Published 11:00 a.m. ET

Dan Springer
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Former DocuSign CEO Dan Springer

COVID-19 pandemic darling DocuSign Inc. (DOCU) has struggled to maintain its relevance in 2022, with the stock losing more than 60 percent of its value YTD. As a result, DocuSign’s chief executive officer Dan Springer is stepping down and making room for an interim CEO to pick up the pieces.

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Here’s who is replacing Springer as DocuSign CEO, plus what salary Springer is leaving and what net worth he may take with him.

DocuSign chairman of the board Maggie Wilderotter will replace Dan Springer in the interim.

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Interim DocuSign CEO Maggie Wilderotter

E-signature software firm DocuSign is making some changes, starting with its CEO. With Springer voluntarily stepping down from his post after about five years, he’s making room for a replacement. In the interim, DocuSign’s chairman of the board Maggie Wilderotter will take his place.

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Wilderotter’s post isn't meant to be permanent and the company will search for an executive to take her place. Wilderotter is a busy executive. She's also the CEO of Grand Reserve Inn and has formerly served as CEO of Frontier Communications, senior vice president of global business strategy for Microsoft, and CEO of Wink Communications.

As Wilderotter seeks to help DocuSign recover from its lull amid an uncertain economy, Springer is on his way out.

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Dan Springer’s salary is in the millions as the DocuSign CEO.

Springer, who took DocuSign public in 2018 (just a year after entering his post as CEO), is leaving behind a healthy salary. According to an executive pay report, Springer earned about $20 million in total compensation in 2021.

The sum includes $350,000 in salary, $499,000 in non-equity compensation, $17,000 in other compensation, and $19 million in stock awards. Springer’s total earnings jumped 127 percent from 2020 due to DocuSign’s major growth at the time.

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For comparison’s sake, the median DocuSign employee reportedly earned $171,449 in 2021.

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Dan Springer

Former CEO of DocuSign Inc.

Net worth: $266 million (estimated)

Springer voluntarily agreed to step down from his post as DocuSign CEO after more than five-and-a-half years in his role and even longer in the company.

  • Background: Springer became DocuSign CEO in 2017 and took the company public a year later.
  • Education: Occidental College (Advanced Bachelors in economics and math, 1985), Harvard University (MBA in general management, 1991)
  • Ongoing board roles: Trustee of Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco, board member of YearUp
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Dan Springer is taking a healthy net worth with him.

Jake Roberge of William Blair said about DOCU stock, “Given management’s limited visibility, a sales restructuring that will take several quarters to complete, and a lack of near-term catalysts, we believe DocuSign’s stock will remain range-bound over the next few quarters.”

Naturally, Springer is getting out of dodge. His net worth is estimated at around $266 million, though reports fluctuate with an approximately $100 million bell curve on either end. It isn't clear how much DOCU stock Springer is taking with him, but a decent portion of his wealth is likely holed up in the asset, making it largely inaccessible at this time.

As for what’s next, Springer hasn't announced any subsequent moves yet and is focusing on a graceful exit.


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