Kheradpir is now CEO of Coriant, replacing Pat DiPietro, who will become vice chairman and an operating partner at Marlin Equity Partners, the company that built Coriant.
Kheradpir is walking into this new situation with his eyes open, having been working closely with the senior management team in the role of Operating Executive to Marlin Equity Partners.
Kheradpir’s record of achievements is impressive. He is a recognized technology and business leader with over 28 years of executive experience across the telecom, technology, and financial services industries. He started out at GTE Corporation and was then appointed Verizon’s EVP and Chief Information Officer, as well as a member of of the executive leadership team driving the efficiency, systems modernization, innovation, and beginning product initiatives. One such initiative was FiOS — an infrastructure program with a capital investment of $20 billion and one of the biggest in America. Barclays took him on next as Chief Operations and Technology Officer, as well as a member of the Executive Committee. Here, he helped lead the TRANSFORM program. Then, Juniper Networks took him, and he developed an operating plan for the business, focussing execution on the strategic growth markets of High IQ Networking and Cloud Builder. Before joining Coriant, Kheradpir worked as Operating Partner at Marlin Equity Partners. He holds a Ph. D., master’s, and bachelor’s in engineering from Cornell University.
As an optical vendor, Kheradpir will be working to grow the company — in spite of Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ciena, and Infinera. This will be all the harder as Coriant’s optical revenues declined 11 percent in 2014, when Infinera, Ciena, and ZTE all gained by 12, 23, and 26 percent respectively. But Coriant focusses on large customers and carriers and therefore hopes to build on their success in supplying packet-optical systems. And the company has been winning deals from quite a few key customers, especially with several international carriers (NBN, China Unicorn, BSNL, Telia Sonera International Carrier [TSIC]). As CEO Kheradpir will have to drive new sales in order to meet service providers’ 100G to multi-terabit coherent metro and long haul transport deployments. https://www.coriant.com/company/bios/Shaygan_Kheradpir.pdf