Shaygan Kherdpir has come a long way from his upbringing in Iran. While originally born and raised in the UK, his father, a doctor, moved to Iran. After finishing primary school, Shaygan went to college in the United States and received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering. This made him a very attractive candidate for many positions throughout the tech world. Now, he stands as the CEO for Coriant, a fiberoptic company that has only recently started to sell products on its own (originally Siemens owned and maintained the company). Shaygan has been through many different roads, but it has eventually led him to his position as the head of this major electronics company.
After receiving his Ph.D., he went on to work for a company that, within just a few years time, would develop into Verizon. While at Verizon, Shaygan helped produce several different major electronic breakthroughs. This includes the creation of the DVR service Verizon would later implement, on top of the new fiberoptic service Verizon has since launched, known as FiOS.
He went on to become a member of the board of directors for Barclays. This is one of the largest financial companies in the world. Credit cards around the globe are issued by this company. He became the first tech background individual to sit on the board of directors in the history of Barclays.
From Barclays, he moved on to head the company Juniper Networks. He sat here as the CEO for the business before taking over as the CEO for Coriant. With his background and history in the fiberoptic development of Verizon, he proved to be the perfect candidate. It is why he has become such an important individual in the world of technology and why he continues to head the company.
So how has Coriant come to be where it is today? Coriant started up as a division in Nokia Siemens in the early 90s developing networking hardware and software for companies to integrate into their systems in order to stay on top of the increasing demand on data sharing. Eventually, Coriant was purchased out and new management took over the company. When that took place, Coriant did not go with the rest of Siemens but instead became its own company. So, in 2013, it broke off to become an independent business. This is also when the company decided to go after Shaygan as the new CEO.