If you are looking for a person with a fantastic combination of business acumen and technical skills, Shaygan Kheradpir is your man. Starting his career on the technical side of the fence, he has since risen through the ranks to eventually be regarded as one of the most respected businessmen in the tech world. Currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the software and hardware maker called Coriant, Shaygan has never been doing better. His rise to the top has proven to be very inspirational to many aspiring people who are studying business.
Originally created as an independent company, Coriant is doing excellently under the leadership of Shaygan Kheradpir on twitter. He has impressed everyone with his ability to lead a large operation with as many moving parts as Coriant has. This is especially true when you consider the fact that Shaygan did not get his start in the management side of the business world until late in his career. Shaygan graduated with a PhD in electrical engineering from Cornell University. He then became a rock star at GTE and later Verizon. However, he was always the one in charge of designing a particular product or solving a particular problem with Verizon’s network. He was never the one giving orders.
Prior to his move to Coriant, Shaygan got his first experience in a role with a great deal of power when he worked at Barclays. As COO of the Global Business and Retail Bank, Shaygan proved once and for all that he has what it takes to develop a strategy for a company to succeed. He also has the intelligence and personality to handle the pressure that goes with such a lofty position in the business world. Many people who have worked closely with Shaygan have nothing but nice things to say about him. Even his competitors have praised the decisions he has made as CEO of Coriant. There is a saying in the business world that a person can receive no higher praise than that of his competitors. When you stop and look at everything that Coriant has achieved under the leadership of Shaygan, it is impossible for anyone to be unimpressed.
Beginning his childhood in Iran, Shaygan did not look like a probable candidate to run a large corporation. However, that is exactly what he wound up doing. According to Shaygan, attending a great prep school in the Swiss Alps helped to give him the tools to be both a great employee and a leader. Although he felt lonely at times being so far away from home, Shaygan buried himself in his studies. He knew that if he did well at prep school, he would be able to get accepted into a top university. This was Shaygan’s goal throughout his entire time at prep school.