Coriant, a telecommunications company, made the right decision by naming Shaygan Kheradpir CEO in 2014. Kheradpir has had a long standing career in the telecommunications field and even worked for the cellular mega company Verizon for almost ten years. Born in England Kheradpir moved to Iran with his father and spent his childhood there until he moved to the United States to finish his schooling. He attended Cornell University and graduated with a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree in electrical engineering. His landed his first job in 1987 with GTE and helped develop the first national network management platform. Afterwards he was promoted and moved to Dallas where he became the company’s CIO.
When GTE merged with Bell Atlantic in 2000 to create Verizon Communications Kheradpir became the head of the company’s e-division sector, and then he became the company’s very first CIO and CTO. During his time at Verizon he and his team developed and integrated many Verizon’s core operating systems, and the changes are still in use today. His former team created and launched FiOS which became an award winning fiber optic video initiative. Verizon’s FiOS became one of the infrastructure programs in the history of the country, and is now a whopping $12 million item.
Kheradpir initiated a thirty-day program that helped his team create, develop, test, modify, and implant different technical advancements. By working nights and over-time under Kheradpir’s leadership his team was able to improve Verizon’s core programs including their automated customer service. His team even managed to successfully integrate GTE and Bell Atlantic’s systems that were previously separate even after the companies merged together.
Kheradpir left Verizon in 2011 and joined Barclays, a global retail bank, as their Chief Operating Officer. After only two years he was promoted to Chief Technology Officer of the company. Amid his promotion he oversaw the digital integration of the bank including retail, business, credit cards, investment banking options, and wealth management. He left the position in 2014 for job back in the United States for Juniper Networks. He was named CEO and dispatched a cost-cutting plan and helped restructure the company.
While he was working for Juniper he had become part of Marlin Equity Partners and when Marlin created Coriant Kheradpir shifted over to become CEO of the new company. His past in telecommunications allowed Kheradpir to take over with ease and has been able to expand Coriant.