Shaygan Kheradpir’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Coriant telecommunications left stockholders and competitors in 100 countries strategizing as Coriant’s optical revenues declined 11 percent in 2014 while competitors reported large gains. Created from Nokia Optical, Tellabs, and Sycamore Networks through rapid mergers and acquisitions in 2013, Coriant optical transport supplies network services to most of the Tier 1 Communications Service Providers internationally. MetroEdge and Tellabs were purchased by Marlin Equity Partners, a division of Coriant, for $891 million.
Kheradpir’s shrewd judgement derived from 28 years of experience in the fields of telecommunications, technology, and financial services are “driving Coriant to [its] next level of growth.” His formal education, bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from Cornell University prepared him for his appointment as CEO. He began his career at GTE Corporation, and was subsequently appointed Verizon’s EVP and Chief Information Officer. As a member of the executive leadership team driving systems’ modernization, efficiency, and innovation at Verizon, he pioneered product initiatives, including FiOS, one of the largest infrastructure programs in the U.S. with an underlying capital investment of $20 billion.
While Kheradpir’s role as CEO of Coriant is to focus on his large customers providing 100G to multi-terabit optical telecommunications service to metropolitan areas, data centers, and international infrastructures, his invaluable “strategic insight” gained as Chief Operations and Technology Officer of Barclays bank guided his judgement as an operating partner of Marlin Equity Partners, focused on Coriant’s telecommunication and technology investments. He directed Barclays’ TRANSFORM program which revitalized the bank with 150 thousand employees in 50 countries for the 21st century.
Coriant is striving to expand its product line of Packet Transport Network (PTN) solutions for more flexible networks with innovative technology for unique emerging markets and applications. The Coriant® 7610 Service Edge Platform is designed to securely transport data to meet the needs of metropolitan communication networks with two different versions of encryption. Coriant offers powerful state-of-the-art encryption of data center communications with reduced maintenance and installation costs. Coriant offers 4 Gbps to 16 Gbps configurations for efficient reliable access to networks.
Under the direction of Shaygan Kheradpir, the company won key customers with international carriers: Australia’s NBN, BSNL, China Unicom, and Telia Sonera International Carrier (TSIC) are Coriant’s new clients. Coriant is leading the industry in channel performance providing resilient unrivaled optical link control. Coriant leads its competitors in mixed and matched technologies for the 21st century.