For every business, both major and minor ones, it is certain that there will always be some form of change occurring regarding the company. For Coriant, that change came not too long ago, in the form of Shaygan Kheradpir.
Kheradpir was recently named the new CEO of Coriant, the company announced in a statement to the world. Coriant is a telecommunications-based company that also provides networking solutions to other companies and network operators in more than one hundred companies across the world. Now Kheradpir has become a more prevalent part of the company, after previously working with the senior management as an operating partner for Marlin Equity Partners earlier in the year. With him now as the CEO, he replaces Pat DiPietro, who was also the president of the company, and DiPietro now serves as the vice chairman of the company. When asked about his feelings on the company, Kheradpir said that he was very attracted to the huge array of products being marketed to people, namely in the data networking solutions area. He added that since the market is constantly changing and getting more competitive, Coriant will be able to allow customers with disruptive networking solutions a better degree of stable services.
Shaygan Kheradpir is the son of a wealthy doctor, being born in the United Kingdom but spending a portion of his youth living in Iran. He later decided to move to the United States, where he attended Cornell University and earned his bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in the electrical engineering fields.
After completing three different degrees, Kheradpir took his first job at GTE Laboratories, working as a data and network routing manager. His work with the company allowed him to be promoted to the position of chief information officer (CIO) in a fairly short amount of time. By the year 2000 GTE Labs and Bell Atlantic had come together to form a merger and create what is now Verizon and Kheradpir retained his role of CIO with the new company. During his stint at Verizon he was responsible for creating small teams that would be tasked with developing new and innovative ideas for the company and marketing them. One of the ideas that came about was an application called “Iobi,” which was a way for users to mange their address books, caller ID and other electronic features in a constructive way. Over the course of his tenure at Verizon, Kheradpir was responsible for reducing the informational technology staff and budget down to more reasonable levels. He was also able to get vendors to cut down on their prices and was even able to get new and improved software installed for much of the IT department.