Coriant is Sailing Ahead With Kheradpir at the Helm


Ray Le Maistre has reported in Light Reading that Coriant is bringing on Shaygan Kheradpir as the company’s new CEO and Chairman of the Board. Coriant is the nation’s leading optical transport vendor.

The Past Shapes Our Present
Kheradpir has almost 30 years executive experience in the financial, telecommunications, and financial industries. At Verizon Communications, he was responsible for the debut of the FiOS FTTH telecommunications system. The system required a $20 billion capital investment and launched the company onto the national scene.

Laying a Foundation for the Future

Kheradpir has worked side by side with Coriant’s former CEO, Pat DiPietro, over the last year as Operating Executive at Marlin Equity Partners (MEP). DiPietro will resume his position as Vice Chairman at Coriant and manage the day to day operations at MEP.

MEP is Coriant’s sister equity firm that was responsible for Coriant’s creation. Coriant is a merge of Sycamore Networks, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) Optical Networks, and Tellabs’ optical department. Kheradpir utilized the year to build relationships with both companies and to prepare for the CEO transition. He credits collaborations with Coriant’s senior management team for his understanding of the company’s needs and vision.

The finalization of the transition of DiPietro and Kheradpir illustrates the successful integration of the two companies.

What the Future May Hold

According to FierceTelecom, Coriant is already shaking up the industry and expanding internationally. The Chinese company Unicorn, BSNL, Telia Sonera International Carrier (TSIC), and NBN in Australia have signed contracts with Coriant.

As customers’ needs and expectations grow, equipment is required to transport Terabytes worth of data and information. The next step will be creating an infrastructure for the growing use of 4G and 5G networks. Kheradpir will be the lead strategist and player in making this happen. Creating cloud infrastructure and data centers are no easy feats. Yet, Kheradpir is uniquely ready for the job.

The Optical Space

Ciena, Huawei, and Cisco will be hot on Coriant’s heels in the fiercely competitive industry of optical transport vending. With a focused group of 500 large customers and carriers, Coriant will continue setting itself apart as it builds upon its $1 billion annual revenue.

Shaygan Kheradpir

Kheradpir worked as a professor at Northeastern University after he earned a doctorate degree from Cornell University in electrical engineering. He entered the communications industry in 1987 after securing numerous patents and working to define universal standards within the computer science field.

When Kheradpir transitioned into high-level executive positions, he led unprecedented national projects. One of the most notable is the implementation of America’s largest communications infrastructure, Verizon’s FiOS network. The project propelled Verizon into the millennium and left behind its days as a regional player. In 2007, CIO Magazine named Kheradpir to their Hall of Fame.

Kheradpir is sure to bring his innovative strategies and thinking to Coriant. It seems inevitable Coriant will be changed for the better.

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