Shaygan Kheradpir is a leading business and technology executive. He was born in London in 1964. While he was still a young boy, Shaygan, together with his parents, moved to Iran where his father had gotten a job as an otorhinolaryngologist. He, however, attended high school in Switzerland as well as Aiglon College which is in the same country. He later received a letter of acceptance at Cornell University for a bachelor’s degree program in electrical engineering. His focus was on control systems. He also earned his masters and doctoral degree in the same field. Today, he is a member of the university’s engineering council.
After earning his baccalaureate, Shaygan got a job working for GTE Laboratories as a network controller. Within a short time, Shaygan was promoted to Chief Information Officer. The Wall Street Journal published a report that revealed that the promotion was due to his impeccable ability to deliver new products on schedule.
GTE Corporation merged with Bell Atlantic to form Verizon Communications in the year 2000. Shaygan was appointed President of the e-business division of the new company. He was later promoted to Chief Technology/Information Officer, and he was the first person to hold that position. More than a decade later, Shaygan joined Barclays Bank as Chief Operating Officer of the Global Retail Bank in London. He is credited with the development of a number of world leading products while at Barclays. One of those products is Pingit, a popular mobile payment software. In 2014 he moved to Juniper Networks where he served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer.
Recently, Shaygan Kheradpir was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of Coriant. Coriant is a global telecommunications company that was established in the year 2013. Before Marlin Equity Partners bought it, it served as an affiliate company for Nokia Siemens Network (NSN). Shaygan worked for Marlin Equity Partners for a short while after leaving Juniper Networks. Coriant develops and sells optical transmission hardware and software such as the Intelligent Network Management Software, Integrated Optical Planning Solutions, Packet Optimal Transport Solutions, MSPP Solutions, Edge Routing Solutions, Cross-Connect/TDM Solutions and Optical LAN and Broadband Access. The company has offices in Naperville, U.S.A. and Munich, Germany. It also has more than 3000 employees working for it making it one of the biggest enterprises in the world.
During the unveiling of Shaygan as Coriant’s new CEO, Pat DiPietro, the company’s new Vice Chairman, was quoted saying, “We are honored to welcome Shaygan to Coriant and fortunate to have an executive of his caliber leading the company. His strategic insight and guidance on focused operational execution have been invaluable since we began working together earlier this year, and we are confident in his ability to drive Coriant to the next level of growth.”
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