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Shaygan Kheradpir

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Shaygan Kheradpir
Born (1960-12-19) December 19, 1960 (age 56)
London, United Kingdom
Citizenship United States
Education Ph.D. in electrical engineering
Alma mater Cornell University
Occupation Business and technology executive

Shaygan Kheradpir is a business and technology executive. He is currently the Chairman & CEO of Coriant. Kheradpir holds a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University. Before being appointed to his current position, he held senior executive positions at GTE, Verizon, Barclays, and Juniper Networks, where he led various product development, operational and innovation initiatives.

Early life and education[edit]

Shaygan Kheradpir was born in London and grew up in Iran.[1] His father was an ear, nose and throat doctor.[2] Kheradpir moved to the United States for university,[1] earning a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University.[1][3]


Early work[edit]

Kheradpir's first job was at GTE Laboratories in 1987.[4] There he worked on network routing, management, and control. He eventually became chief information officer at GTE Corporation, "earning respect for delivering new products on schedule," according to The Wall Street Journal.[1]


In 2000, GTE merged with Bell Atlantic to form Verizon Communications. Kheradpir initially served as the president of Verizon's e-business division,[5] before becoming the company's first CIO/CTO.[3][6] At Verizon, Kheradpir contributed to the company’s diversification into a broader range of telecommunications services, as well as the automation of operations.[6]

In 2001, Kheradpir formed small teams that were each responsible for coming up with and developing new products.[5] Kheradpir implemented a 30-day prototype cycle to rapidly test and modify new technologies in development. His team of approximately 10,000 staff often worked late hours, but positions at Verizon were in high demand, because of the department's rapid pace.[7] According to InfoWorld, he led technology development for strategic initiatives such as FiOS(fiber to the home), process and systems transformation, and many new customer-facing products."[5] In 2003 his team created iobi, which manages address books, caller ID and other features across devices over the internet.[1][8] The Verizon One, a combination phone, router, modem and smart portable device, was developed from his department the following year.[8] His division also reengineered many of Verizon's core network systems, including call center, website, automated customer service systems,[7] and integrated formerly separate systems from predecessor companies GTE, Bell Atlantic and NYNEX.[9]

During Kheradpir's tenure at Verizon, the company reduced its information technology budget from six percent of revenue (the industry average) to four percent.[1] From 2000 to 2003, he reduced IT staff by 20 percent and reduced purchasing from technology vendors by 30 percent.[1] He negotiated aggressively with vendors to reduce prices and lobbied Verizon to eliminate its policy against purchasing IT equipment being auctioned on eBay by failed dot-com businesses.[10] Many contract programming positions were out-sourced to lower-cost labor in India. Additionally, new software was installed that improved Verizon's utilization of IT hardware.[1]


In January 2011, Kheradpir joined Barclays as the Chief Operating Officer of the Global Retail & Business Bank,[11] where he oversaw technology innovations such as Pingit mobile payments app and the use of iPads to improve customer service in bank branches. In March 2013, Kheradpir was promoted to Chief Operations and Technology Officer of the Barclays Group,[11] leading the operating and technology aspects of the bank's strategic transformation initiatives across retail, corporate, card and investment banking sectors. It was the first time a technology executive sat on the executive team at Barclays.[12]

Juniper Networks[edit]

Kheradpir became CEO of Juniper Networks in January 2014.[3] He developed and executed[13] a restructuring and cost-cutting plan that Juniper called its Integrated Operating Plan (IOP), in response to pressure from activist investors at Elliot Management. The plan included $160 million in cost cutting and returning $3 billion to shareholders over three years by buying shares and increasing dividends.[14][15] It also consolidated many product and R&D groups, putting a major emphasis on the market segments of Web 2.0, Cloud-Builder & High-IQ Networks. According to Network World, Elliot Management was pleased with the plan.[16]


In September 2015, Kheradpir was announced as the Chairman & CEO of Coriant. During his tenure, he completed integration of the predecessor companies of Tellabs, Nokia-Semens Optical and Sycamore into Coriant. He also led the launch of a series of new products in packet-optical networking across long haul, metro, mobile back haul and data center domains[17][18]

Other activities[edit]

From 2010 to 2013, Kheradpir served on a board of the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), known as the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology.[19] From 2007 to 2010, Kheradpir served on the Advisory Board of the YMCA of Greater New York.[20] Kheradpir is a member of the Cornell University Engineering Council.[21]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Bulkeley, William (March 19, 2003). "For Clues to Why the Tech Sector is Still Down, See Mr. Kheradpir". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ Reardon, Marguerit (August 25, 2010). "Cisco, Verizon Push for 3D Video and More". CNET News. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Boulton, Clint (September 2, 2014). "Juniper CEO: From CIO to CEO in Three Steps". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ Kheradpir, Shaygan (October 20, 2015). "Advisory Council - School of Electrical and Computer Engineering". Cornell Engineering. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c Margulius, David (December 4, 2006). "Entrepreneurial IT". InfoWorld. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Trendall, Sam (November 13, 2013). "Juniper Banks on Barclays Man Kheradpir for CEO Role". CRN Channel Web. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Dragoon, Alice (April 1, 2005). "Sleepless in Manhattan". CIO Magazine. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Margulius, David (December 4, 2006). "Entrepreneurial IT". InfoWorld. 
  9. ^ Koch, Christopher (March 1, 2005). "A New Blueprint for the Enterprise". CIO Magazine. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ Carr, Nicholas (August 16, 2004). "As Market Power Shifts to Users, Companies Need to Change the Way They Buy and Manage IT to Reap Savings, Says Nicholas Carr". Financial Times. 
  11. ^ a b Mustoe, Howard (March 7, 2013). "Barclays Names Kheradpir Operating Chief Amid Jenkins Revamp". Bloomberg. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  12. ^ Swabey, Pete (March 8, 2013). "Barclays Appoints New CTO to Help Drive Strategic Transformation". Information Age. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  13. ^ Duffy, Jim (November 10, 2014). "Juniper Ousts CEO Kheradpir over "Leadership and Conduct"". Network World. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  14. ^ Burt, Jeffrey (February 20, 2014). "Juniper Rolls Out New Operating Plan, $3 Billion Buy Back Plan". Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  15. ^ Buckley, Sean (February 21, 2014). "Juniper Responds to Shareholder Pressure with $160 Million Cost-Cutting Plan". FierceTelecom. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  16. ^ Duffy, Jim (February 20, 2014). "Juniper Unveils New Operating Plan to Accelerate Growth". Network World. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  17. ^ Buckley, Sean (September 29, 2015). "Former Juniper CEO, Verizon Veteran Kheradpir Takes Reins at Coriant". FierceTelecom. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  18. ^ Craig Matsumoto (September 29, 2015). "Juniper Ex-CEO Shaygan Kheradpir Resurfaces at Coriant". SDxCentral. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  19. ^ NIST Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), National Institute of Standards and Technology, retrieved March 29, 2015 
  20. ^ YMCA of Greater New York Annual Report, 2007 (PDF), YMCA, retrieved March 29, 2015 
  21. ^ "Cornell University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Advisory Council". Cornell University. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 

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