Coriant and Shaygan Kheradpir

Coriant is a major player in the voice, data and mobile network industry. The company began in the Transmission Technology department of Siemens, a company based in Munich, Germany. In May of 2013 Coriant launched and became independent from Nokia Siemens Network under new ownership through Marlin Equity Partners. They went on to merge with Sycamore, located in Massachusetts, and became Coriant America Inc. They then moved forward and merged with Tellabs who now operates as Coriant. The company focuses on products for optical multiplexing over fiber optic cables, products for electrical cross connection of optical paths and products for multi service provisioning.

Coriant is currently under the leadership of its CEO Shaygan Keradpir. Kheradpir has a bachelor’s, doctorial, and masters degree in electrical engineering that he received from Cornell University. He entered the field when he worked at GTE Laboratories in 1987 where he worked on network routing, management and control. He earned respect for his work ethic and ability to deliver new products on schedule and quickly was promoted to chief information officer.

GTE merged with Bell Atlantic in 2000 and formed Verizon Communications where Kheradpir was named the president of the e-business division and then the company’s first CIO/CTO. He was responsible for creating diversity in the range of the companies telecommunications services as well as their automation of operations.

In 2011 he was hired to be the COO of Global Retail and Business Bank at Barclays where he worked to develop products like Pingit mobile payments software. After two years he received a promotion to Chief Operations and Technology Officer where he became the first technology executive to sit on the executive team at Barclays.

In 2013 he joined Marlin Equity Partners, who helped create Coriant. He was named CEO and Chairman of the Board at Coriant before going on to be named vice-chairman of the company.