No matter what business it is or how long it’s been in existence, a changing of the guard in key employees and staff is almost always a given. Shaygan Kheradpir, a technological guru of shorts, knows this quite well.
Coriant, a big company in the telecommunications industry, has recently seen a big change in how it will be run in the near future. That change involves Shaygan Kheradpir, who has just been appointed to be the CEO of the company. This moves comes after Kheradpir had spent a large portion of his time working closely with the various vendors who had been operating in and alongside the company, even dating back to when he was a mere operating manager at Marlin Equity Partners. His talent, coupled with his years of experience, made him a perfect candidate for the position change. With him now serving as the CEO, he will replace former CEO Pat DiPietro, who now will operate as the vice chairman of Marlin Equity.
Before coming to Coriant, Kheradpir lived a humble life at first. Originally a native of London, England, he spent his youth living in Iran before deciding to move overseas and pursue his educational studies at Cornell University. By the time of his graduation, he had earned his bachelor’s, masters and doctorate degrees all in the field of electrical engineering.
After finishing up school, Kheradpir earned his first job at GTE Laboratories, working as a networking and routing manager while there. His work was so impressive that his supervisors promoted him to the position of chief information officer (CIO) of the company. It was in 2000 that GTE had merged with Bell Atlantic and Verizon Communications was the new and resulting company. There, Kheradpir remained installed as the CIO and he was tasked with overseeing small work groups that would be responsible for developing and creating new technology for Verizon to put on the market. One of the major breakthroughs at the company ended up being a huge development that aided in Verizon’s FiOs fiber optic initiative that let customers manager their DVR, or digital video recording. “Iobi” was another development at Verizon, and Iobi was simply a phone application that managed a user’s phone and address book. During Kheradpir’s tenure he was able to significantly reduce the IT budget and staff needed and cut down on vendors who purchased technology from failed business groups.