Shaygan Kheradpir is an executive in the field of technology. After rising through the ranks of the business world, he has established himself as one of the most respected people in his field. He currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Coriant, a software and hardware manufacturer.
After being born in London, Shaygan Kheradpir spent his formative years in Iran. He eventually moved to Switzerland and went to a boarding school known as Aiglon College located in the Swiss Alps. The son of an ear, nose and throat physician, Shaygan decided to attend college in the United States. He eventually chose Cornell University, eventually earning a B.S., M.Sc. and a Ph.D in electrical engineering from this prestigious Ivy League school.
After graduating college, Shaygan was first hired by GTE Laboratories. At this job, he was responsible for network control, management and routing. He ascended to become GTE Corporation’s chief information officer. GTE would later merge with bell Atlantic in 2000. The company then became known as Verizon Communications. Shaygan on ireport.cnn was first assigned the position of the e-business division president. He later became the first CTO/CIO in the history of the company. He was integral in making many operations at the company become automated. He also was one of the main people responsible for Verizon starting to offer a larger variety of telecommunications services.
In an effort to create new ideas for products in 2001, Shaygan decided to divide employees into different teams. This strategy turned out to be a large success that earned him praise among his colleagues. He started a cycle for the testing and modification of various new prototypes that were being developed. This cycle would last for 30 days. It was Shaygan’s team that was chiefly responsible for developing the FiOS fiber optic video initiative released by Verizon. Another one of his team’s key creations was iobi. This was a manager of caller ID and address books. 2004 was the year he was responsible for overseeing the development of Verizon One. This was a portable device that has modem, router and phone capabilities. The automated customer service system, website and call center for Verizon were also re-engineered by Shaygan and his team.
Shaygan was hired by Barclays in 2011 to become their Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Global Business and Retail Bank. His contributions were invaluable to developing the software for mobile payments known as Pingit, as well as a variety of other products that quickly caught on with customers. The products he introduced were so successful that Shaygan eventually earned a promotion to the position of Chief Operations and Technology Officer. Prior to his promotion, no technology executive had ever been a member of the Barclays team of executives.
In early 2014, Shaygan was given the position of Juniper Networks CEO. He immediately started an Integrated Operating Plan that helped to raise dividends, help stock to be repurchased and lower expenses across the board. He then became CEO of Coriant in 2015.