LegalZoom, the leading provider of legal and business solutions for small businesses and families, announced that Daniel Wernikoff will join the company as CEO, succeeding John Suh, who has decided to transition after 12 years as CEO and 14 years on the company’s board of directors. Under Suh’s leadership the company grew twenty-five-fold from 2004 to 2019. Suh will continue as a shareholder and Senior Advisor to the company.
“I’m so proud of our team, and it’s been a privilege to lead LegalZoom through multiple rounds of transformation. I’ve been hoping to transition from day to day responsibilities for a long time, but it wasn’t until Dan agreed to join LegalZoom that I felt confident handing over the reins of this extraordinary company,” said Suh. “Dan had great success running consumer and small business solutions for Intuit, and I know our team can be excited about the next chapter of growth with him at the helm.”
Wernikoff joins LegalZoom after a 15 year storied career at Intuit. He is a seasoned leader, having served as EVP and GM for Intuit’s Consumer Group, a $2.2 Billion business, including TurboTax and Mint, where he conceived and launched TurboTax Live, a marketplace of on demand accountants. Wernikoff previously held the same role for Intuit’s Small Business Financial Solutions Group, including QuickBooks, where he drove the rebirth and rapid growth of QuickBooks Online, which at the time was a $2.5 Billion business with more than 3,000 employees.
“I am honored to be joining LegalZoom as its next CEO,” said Wernikoff. “This is an amazing opportunity to lead a company that leverages people and technology to create innovative and affordable legal services for all consumers and businesses,” Wernikoff continued. “I’m excited to be joining such a passionate team that has accomplished so much including successfully creating a platform for growth and continued innovation.”
“The board and I are incredibly excited to welcome Dan as CEO,” said Jeff Stibel, LegalZoom’s Chairman of the Board. “Dan’s impressive track record of growing businesses and brands brings a wealth of highly relevant experience to LegalZoom,” Stibel continued. “We are equally thrilled for John and his next venture. He has been instrumental in seeing LegalZoom through robust years of growth and profitability, and we are grateful for his strong leadership and contribution throughout the years.”
Dan Wernikoff Biography
Wernikoff joins LegalZoom from Intuit, where for eight years he held various general manager roles including in its two largest business units, the Small Business Group and the Consumer Group. During his tenure, he was instrumental in evolving the Small Business Group from a US, desktop centric business, to a global online platform. Over the course of his tenure overseeing QuickBooks, he grew the QuickBooks Online user base tenfold. While general manager of the Consumer Group, Wernikoff was responsible for the introduction of TurboTax Live, a service that integrated CPAs into the DIY tax filing experience. He also drove the evolution of TurboTax into a platform through the introduction of the Turbo product and a marketplace of financial services. Prior to his various general manager roles, Wernikoff held various product and marketing leadership positions while at Intuit.
LegalZoom is a trusted platform of people and technology that gives the world access to consistently high quality legal solutions. As the nation’s leading provider, LegalZoom empowers millions of people to protect what matters most to them. Whether it’s helping small business owners or families, LegalZoom delivers high touch, high service legal solutions that help customers be more informed and secure in their legal decisions. LegalZoom services customers in the US and the UK and is now over 1,200 employees strong. With a multi-billion-dollar valuation and investors that include Permira Advisors, Bryant Stibel, Francisco Partners, IVP, Kleiner Perkins, GPI, TA and TCV, LegalZoom is one of the greatest internet success stories in Southern California.