Coriant Appoints Shaygan Kheradpir

Coriant is a leading global networking solutions provider that principally supplies hardware and software for optical transmission, and is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and Naperville, USA. The company focuses on coping with rapid-changing video, cloud and mobility applications, as well as meeting the ever increasing demands of network operators and their customers. Coriant offers dynamic packet optical transport solutions to simplify network operations, and high quality and distinct software to ensure that customers get the best experience. Other products include optical LAN and broadband access, integrated optical planning solutions, intelligent network management, edge routing solutions, and MSSP solutions.

Tellabs, Nokia Siemens Optical Networks and Sycamore Networks joined forces in March 2013 to form the telecom company. In May 2013, the company was acquired by Marlin Equity Partners, and separated from Nokia Siemens Networks.

Government agencies; cloud and data center providers; and mobile and fixed network operators are among 500 customers that Coriant boasts of. Other clients include utility companies, financial institutions and other leading network operators. The company has branches in more than 100 countries across six continents and has about 3000 employees in 2016. Plans are underway to amalgamate Coriant and one of its parent companies, Tellabs, to improve product range.

Shaygan Kheradpir, who holds a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering-control systems from Cornell University, is the Chief Executive Officer and chairman of the board at Coriant. The highly experienced leader was appointed CEO in September 2013, replacing Pat DiPietro, after shortly working as an Operating Partner at Marlin Equity Partners. Previously, Kheradpir held an executive position at GTE Laboratories, which later merged with Bell Atlantic to form Verizon. He was the Executive Vice President and first Chief Information Officer at Verizon Communications. In addition to spearheading innovation, system modernization and efficiency, Shaygan contributed to the development and execution of Verizon’s FiOS, a fiber optic video initiative that had an initial capital investment of at least $20 billion.

Shaygan Kheradpir joined Barclays in January 2011 as Chief Operations Officer. He was named the Chief Operations and Technology Officer in March 2013, and subsequently became the first technology executive to join the bank’s Executive Team. He contributed to the development of the popular Transform program. In January 2014, Shaygan was appointed CEO of Juniper Networks, where he is famously remembered for creating the company’s Integrated Operating Plan to counter increased demands from activist investors.

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