Shaygan Kheradpir has been named the new CEO of Coriant. He takes over from Pat DiPetro who has been bumped down to vice chairman with role of being an operating partner at Marlin Equity Partners. Marlin Equity Partners is a private equity firm that brought Coriant into existence by joining together the optical units of Sycamore Networks, Nokia and Tellabs.

Kheradpir is well versed with the vendor’s operations having worked very closely with the senior management since the beginning of the year. He worked in his official capacity as the operating executive partner. Kheradpir has proven to be a force to reckon with especially in the supply of innovative networking solutions to leading network operators all over the world. This is inclusive of nine of the ten global tier 1 Communications Service Providers (CSPs).

Shaygan Kheradpir boasts with over 28 years of executive experience in the telecom and financial services field. He kicked off his career at GTE Corporation and was later appointed Verizon’s EVP and Chief Information Officer. At the same time, he was a member of the executive team that was responsible for modernization of systems, efficiency and pioneering product initiatives. Shaygan then joined Barclays as the Chief Operations and Technology Officer as well as serving as a member of the bank’s Executive Committee. While still in Barclays, he was among the founding members of the company’s TRANSFORM program that was a milestone for the bank in the 21st Century. Shaygan holds a Ph.D., masters and a bachelor’s in engineering from Cornell University. He has numerous patents in the fields of telecom, media, and payments. He was also on the board of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology and on the Cornel University Engineering Council.

Questions abound on the suitability of Khedapir as Coriant’s new CEO given is devastating exit form Juniper Network Incs. Nonetheless, human is error and what makes a better man is his ability to correct his past mistakes. Khedapir is a man of great stature and his deployment to the CEO position is well-deserved and thought of. However, his competitors that include the likes of Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco and Huawei will not be willing to look at it this way and therefore would want to make the most of this appointment. Besides, the optical systems vendor serves about 500 customers and has an estimated annual turnover of $ 1 billion dollars and seeks to outsmart its competitors; Which CEO would not be placed under a lot of scrutiny in this case?(see for more information)


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