Shaygan Kheradpir

November 11th, 2015

Shaygan Kheradpir had his first job with GTE Laboratories, a company that dealt with network routing, management and control. It was his excellence in this line of work that The Wall Street Journal dubbed him “the timely man”. During his tenure with GTE Laboratories, Shaygan Kheradpir served as the Chief Information Officer. In 2000, GTE Laboratories merged with Bell Atlantic to form an alliance called Verizon Communications where he served as president of e-business. Later in the year, he was promoted to the Chief Information Officer, a position that empowered him to bring all the changes that Verizon enjoys today. He started with automating the Verizon’s core systems by coming up with cell teams that would work on technologies to make the automation happen. In line with that, he formed a 30-day prototype cycle that was responsible for rapid testing of all technologies developed and it was at this stage that the technologies were modified before being released to the public. Another project that he spearheaded was the laying down of FIOS fiber optic video that also came with a DVR feature. All these projects required a lot of input especially in terms of time and resources, which meant high demanding jobs for Verizon staff members and he would only keep you in the payroll if you were excellent in your work. One of the first applications that the cell teams worked on was Iobi that managed address books in different mobile devices but belonging to one person. Shaygan Kheradpir was able to sync between the mobile devices on Twitter and was one of the first mobile platforms to share this feature with its clients. This breakthrough symbolized the beginning of Verizon One, a system that allowed Verizon subscribers to use different phones, routers, modems and other portable devices to access their accounts on Verizon’s website without necessarily having to consider on which platform they did their registration. Some of the core systems that he was able to bring change on included Verizon’s website, customer service systems and call centers. This enabled the company to reduce its spending on buying new technologies by close to 30 percent and reduced its IT staff by more than 20 percent. As for the remaining technology vendors to whom Verizon bought new technology, he always negotiated with them so that they could lower their prices. Shaygan Kheradpir was also against the policy that allowed the company to buy auctioned IT equipment on eBay. Shaygan Kheradpir has a rich history in electrical engineering. He graduated with a doctorate degree at Cornell University. He is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Coriant. In the past, he has worked with many other high-end companies including Barclays and Juniper Networks. In all his positions, he has always spearheaded projects that are meant to develop new products and cut costs. He was born on Sept 1960 in London, brought up in Iran where his father practiced as an eye, ear and throat doctor, and became a US citizen when he moved to the country to pursue his first bachelor’s degree.

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