Shaygan Kheradpir Takes the lead at Coriant

Coriant, the optical transport vendor has named Shaygan Kheradpir as its new CEO.

He is a Cornell University graduate and holds a bachelor, masters and doctoral degree in electrical engineering. Kheradpir is no stranger to this position having held executive positions at GTE, Verizon, Barclays, and most recently was CEO of Juniper Networks. He earned respect and a reputation at GTE for delivering new products on schedule.

Kheradpir was with GTE when they merged with Atlantic Bell to form Verizon Communications initially serving as the president of the e-business division then becoming Verison’s first CIO/CTO. While at Verizon Kheradpir was able to reduce the companys’ information technology budget from six percent of revenue to four percent.

Kheradpir became the Chief Operating Officer of Barclays the Global Retail and Business Bank in January 2011. In 2013 he was promoted to Chief Operations and Technology Officer and was the first technology executive to sit on the executive team at Barclays. Kheradpir takes over from Former Coriant CEO Pat DiPietro who became vice-chairman of the company.

Kheradpir has been working closely with the senior management team in the role of Operating Executive to Marlin Equity Partners who built Coriant out of the combination of Nokia Siemens Networks, Tellabs, and Sycamore Networks.

Kheradpir is responsible for boosting growth while competing against such competitors as Alcatel, Lucent, Cisco, Infinera, and Ciena. He will also be expected to improve the mobile backhaul to accept 4G and the upcoming 5G internets. Coriant has been getting big deals with key corporate customers while gaining admiration from a few global carriers such as China Unicom, BSNL, TSIC, and Australia’s NBN.

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