Shaygan Kheradpir: Coriant’s New CEO Rocks On

Coriant is more successful than ever these days, earnings for end-user services alone tally in the billions, and the new CEO, Shaygan Kheradpir, is poised to capitalize on that success. Coriant is a foundational company for the networking infrastructures of countless client companies, industrial businesses, and government agencies. They sell products and integrated support services in 100 countries around the world. Kheradpir plans to perform upgrades for all of them to bring their clients into 21st century cloud computing and high-speed networking. These clients include fixed-line networks, content providers, cable MSOs, Data Centers, and cloud provider companies.

The upgrades are not simply incremental, but actual discrete jumps to much more advanced hardware and software. One of the first upgrades at Coriant to make this possible has been bringing on Shaygan Kheradpir as the new CEO. His new direction for the company has definite measurable goals with important milestones defined. The first major push will be in upgrading their clients to POTS (Packet-Optical Transport Systems) with multiple layers of redundancy and ability to quickly re-configure. Such extremely high-speed digital networking systems are much more responsive and at the same time, much more fault tolerant as well.

For more than 35 years, Coriant has operated as an integration and services house. A full 90 percent of Tier 1 Communications Service Provider (CSP) companies rely on Coriant’s expert assistance. These upgrades save their client companies overhead costs through reduced complexity in their networking and cloud systems. Coriant integrates equipment from many different top brands in digital connections, including Tellabs, Sycamore Networks, and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) optical networks. Kheradpir plans to up the game of networked clouds as well as better support for mobile business. Video streaming is another area he is aiming to dramatically improve.

Shaygan Kheradpir began his executive career at GTE telephone. He was hired by Verizon to manage their $20 million project to connect the U.S. through Fiber Optic Systems (FiOS). He has acquired 28 years of business experience in telecom, business administration, computer and networking technologies, and finance. In addition to being CEO at Coriant, he is also their Board Chairman.

He has an engineering degree from Cornell University, where he was also on the advisory board of the Engineering Council. He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Institute of Standards & Technology. He actually holds multiple degrees, including a Masters and a Ph.D.