Telecommunications guru, Shaygan Kheradpir, acts in the capacity of CEO and Chairman of Coriant’s Board. Shaygan succeeds Pat DiPietro, who goes back to his previous position as an Operating Partner at Marlin as well as taking up the position of vice chairman of the board. Marlin Equity Partners is credited for the inception of Coriant by integrating the Sycamore Networks, Tellabs and the optical communications business of Nokia Siemens Networks.
Shaygan is not new to the Marlin Equity Partners. In previous times, he served as an Operating Partner of the Marlin Equity Partners, a position he worked in close collaboration with the Marlin Equity Partners’ Senior management team. DiPietro welcomed Shaygan to his new role by citing that Coriant was privileged to be led by Shaygan due to his track record and experience.
In his capacity at Coriant, Shaygan will steer the operations of the company, which serves more than 500 clients as well as earning a yearly revenue of over $1 billion. He is also expected to boost Coriant’s competitive edge in an effort of competing with other industry players such as Cisco, Huawei and Ciena.
Shaygan Kheradpir currently serves as the Chairperson of the board as well as the Chief Executive Officer at Coriant. Coriant boasts as a leading and proven provider of innovative networking services or solutions to top network operators based in more than a 100 nations around the world. The list of network operators served by Coriant consists of 9 out of 10 global Tier 1 Communications Service Providers. Shaygan prides himself as an alumnus of Cornell University, where he attained a bachelor’s, master’s and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering. Further, he possesses more than 28 years of executive experience, which revolves around various fields such as financial services, technology and the telecommunications industries.
His career began at GTE Corporation in 1987 before merging with Bell Atlantic, which led to the inception of Verizon Communications. At Verizon, he served as the EVP & Chief Information Officer as well as a member of the executive leadership team. In this role, Shaygan was in charge of steering efficiency, innovation, systems modernization and pioneering products initiatives such as FiOS, which is among the largest infrastructure initiatives in the United States. He later served other large companies such as Barclays, Juniper Networks and currently Coriant. Apart from his deeply entrenched industry experience, Shaygan is a proud holder of multiple patents in various sectors such as payments, telecom and media.