Coriant, the giant optical transport vendor with proven track record of supplying network solutions to more than 100 countries, has appointed a new CEO and Chairman of the board- Shaygan Kheradpir. The former Juniper networks CEO Shaygan is ready to replace Pat DiPietro, the incumbent president who will renounce his responsibilities as a president and CEO and go back to being an operating partner at Marlin Equity partners. He will continue to hold the position of vice chairman of Coriant.
Shaygan Kheradpir, the veteran C-suite executive, is known to deliver ground-breaking systems, silicon, software and hardware that help the clients to build most robust and efficient networks all across the planet. Before joining Coriant, he was CEO and member of the board at Juniper Networks, world’s largest network company. Before Juniper networks, he held CIO, COO and CTO positions at Verizon communications, and Barclays PLC respectively. As the chief Information officer at Verizon, Kheradpir took information technology initiatives of Verizon’s business units to new heights. These initiatives included development and placement of platforms for the all-fiber network, and this was with maximum certainty one of the largest IT infrastructure programs in the U.S. At Barclays PLC, he led business transformations in operations through avid technological innovations and automation.
Kheradpir started as communications professional at GTE in 1987. During his term, he brought about significant transformations in the cost structure of the company through his operational excellence and even rebuilt some core systems of GTE. Kheradpir is extremely knowledgeable and has served as an adjunct professor at Northeastern university. His name belongs to CIO magazine’s Hall of Fame for the year 2007.
Now, with his comeback as the CEO and Chairman at Coriant, he is expected to deliver more than he ever did. It is not that he is walking blind into this role. According to sources, Kheradpir had been working closely with the senior management as an operations executive to Marlin. DiPetro and other executives recognize Kherapir’s abilities and term him as a leader of business and technology with more than 28 years of industry (executive) experience across industries such as telecom, media, and financial services.
Shaygan Kheradpir definitely has immense industry exposure having spent considerable time in companies like GTE and Verizon Communications. As chief technology and operations executives in firms like Barclays, he is someone who understands C-level positions, the responsibilities and power that come with it. However, whether he is fit to run an optical system vendor with operations spread across 100 countries and 500 active customers and revenue figures touching $1 billion is yet to be seen. In this VOCA business environment, the firm also looks forward to competing with leaders of the market, Cisco, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent etc. Experience counts for a great deal when it comes to select a successor. Coriant’s rival are in a tight spot right now because they know and understand Kheradpir’s prowess and Coriant should realize at this point of time that the competitors are going to react quickly and irreversibly.