Shaygan Kheradpir is a renowned business and technology executive. All through his career he has created mission-driven teams to deliver change that is needed by the clients, employees, investors, and the community at large. He has traversed, integrated and innovated at the boundaries of the conventional practices across numerous industry sectors worldwide. He is at present the CEO of Coriant.?
Shaygan Kheradpir acquired his bachelors, Masters and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University. Prior to being appointed to the current position as the CEO of Coriant, he had held administrator ranks with major corporations at Verizon, Juniper Networks Barclays and GTE. In all these places he’s left his footprints with several product developments and cost-effective initiatives.?The first job that Shaygan Kheradpir acquired was at GTE Laboratories in the year 1987. While here he was tasked to work on network routing, control and management. He eventually got to the top of the departmental echelon to be appointed the chief information officer at GTE. The Wall Street Journal heaped praise on him as the CTO “earning respect for delivering new products on schedule.”
When the merger of GTE with Bell Atlantic took place in 2000 to form Verizon Communications, Shaygan Kheradpir first served as the head of Verizon’s electronic business division. It was only moments before he became Verizons first CTO. At the company, Shaygan Kheradpir made numerous positive contributions to the companys variegation into a wider scope of telecommunications services. With him also came the automation of operations at his department.?
In 2001, Kheradpir took initiative to form a number of teams at Verizon that were each given the task of coming up with new product ideas as well as improving existing ones. The teams were working following a 30-day prototype cycle implemented by Kheradpir to try out and modify new technologies being developed. At the end of the grueling task, his team made it possible for Verizon’s FiOS fiber optic video initiative and related DVR to come into fruition.?In 2003 his came up with the iobi, which handles the address books, caller ID and other phone features across devices. The following year his department introduced the Verizon One which had been their subsequent project. It is a combination phone, modem, router and portable device.?
His division also redesigned and improved many of Verizon’s indispensable core systems such as the call center, company website, automated customer service system. During the merger some of the systems were still operating as separate entities. Under his leadership, his division bought together the formerly separate systems from their former parent companies Bell Atlantic, GTE and NYNEX.?
During Kheradpir’s term in office at Verizon, the company managed to scale down its IT budget requirements from six percent of revenue which is the industry average to four percent. He negotiated intensely with tech vendors to lower their prices and campaigned for Verizon to repeal the company policy that is against the purchasing of IT equipment being auctioned on eBay. In addition, new software was installed that improved Verizon’s functionality of IT hardware. ??