Shaygan Kheradpir; Sending Coriant Soaring to New Heights

Shaygan Kheradpir has an extensive background in the telecommunications industry, working in conjunction with companies like Verizon, Nokia, and GTE. We now look to Mr. Kheradpir’s recent comeback as the new acting CEO of Coriant. Though much debate has followed, Mr. Kheradpir is well ready for the position, spending most of 2015 before his appointment as CEO working with Marlin Equity Partners.

This particular role is probably the most important role he has played yet. “Marlin Equity Partners is a private equity company that built Coriant by stitching together the optical unit of Nokia, Tellabs and part of Sycamore Networks.” (LightReading) In 2015, Shaygan Kheradpir took over the position CEO of Marlin Equity Partners, to then become acting CEO of Coriant and allow Marlin Equity Partners to go back into the hands of its former CEO.

After learning from the parent company, Kheradpir takes his 28 years of industry experience to the Coriant. Coriant has about 500 contracts raking in about 1 billion dollars in revenue a year. Though this seems like acceptable numbers to most, Kheradpir is focused on helping the company reach higher goals. “He plans to position Coriant as a vendor focused on large customers and carriers and expects to build on a successful track record of supplying packet-optical systems.” (FierceTelecom)

Since Kheradpir’s involvement Coriant has made deals with carriers such as “Australia’s NBN, BSNL, China Unicom, and Telia Sonera International Carrier.” It’s no surprise that Shaygan Kheradpir has been making such strides. After serving as an Executive Partner for GTE, he was Executive Vice President for Verizon, and then helped build Barclays bank as the chief operations and technology officer. With Kheradpir’s background in telecom and finance we see a CEO who has all of the skills to take Coriant to the top of the stocks.

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FierceTelecom “Kheradpir’s key task as CEO will be to drive new sales of its equipment to meet service providers’ 100G to multi-terabit coherent metro and long haul transport deployments, hyper-scale data center and cloud infrastructure build-outs, and mobile back haul upgrades to accommodate 4G and upcoming 5G deployments.” We will see a very bright future ahead for Coriant and Shaygan Kheradpir alike.

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July 29, 2016