Changing of the Coriant Guard

Changes at any company are all but a certainty in the modern world, and what has transpired at Coriant is no different. Change can be a good thing, and having Shaygan Kheradpir on board will prove this sentiment to be true.

In September of 2015, Coriant, a telecommunications company, decided to appoint Shaygan Kheradpir to the role of CEO in the company. He first joined the company, which works in networking solutions, after spending much of his time working with and forming a working relationship with the senior management team. His experience in the telecom industry was a key factor in giving him the title of CEO, not just because he previously served as an operating partner at Marlin Equity Partners earlier that year but also because the demand for data-intensive applications is increasing. Kheradpir has succeeded Pat DiPietro, the former CEO, who will now serve as the vice chairman of the company.

Shaygan Kheradpir is a London native who spent his youth in Iran but moved to the United States to pursue an education at Cornell University. He eventually graduated from the school with his bachelor’s, masters and doctorate degrees in the field of electrical engineering. After finishing his college studies, he went on to take his first job at GTE Laboratories, where he worked as a network and routing manager for the company. His work proved to be very impressive for the company, to the point where he was eventually named the chief information officer (CIO) of GTE Laboratories.

It was in 2000 that GTE and Bell Atlantic had formed a merger and Verizon Communications was the end result of this. Kheradpir remained as the CIO of the company, and his prime responsibility was creating small teams that would be tasked with developing new and innovative ideas to market for Verizon. One of the contributions made to the company was the creation of Verizon’s FiOs fiber optic initiative, which changed the way digital video recording could be done. During the course of Kheradpir’s tenure at Verizon, he was responsible for the reduction of the information technology staff and budget by a significant amount. He was also able to lobby aggressively with vendors working with the company to prevent them from purchasing materials from failed franchises.

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