Over the past few decades, the continued expansion of the technology industry has had a major impact on the global economy and marketplace. While the majority of people around the world take this technology for granted, the continued advancement would not be possible if it were not for certain individuals that have continued to have an impact on the industry. One person that has continued to have a major impact on the technology industry has been Shaygan Kheradpir.
Shaygan Kheradpir is a London-based businessman whom has a long history of taking on senior leadership positions in various technology and communications companies. He was originally born in London, but spent a large part of his childhood growing up in Iran, before moving to Switzerland to attend high school. After graduating from high school, he ended up moving to the United States for college, where he ended up earning a bachelors degree from Cornell University in engineering, before pursuing a master’s and doctorate as well.
Kheradpir’s first foray into the technology space was working for GTE Laboratories on mtv.com. Initially he worked in several different areas of the company, including in the networking routing division. Due to his strong work ethic and leadership skills, he was ultimately promoted within to becoming the Chief Information Officer of the company.
While he was working at GTE, he was part of a major realignment of the company when it merged with Bell Communications to ultimately form Verizon. After the merger, he was quickly promoted to the CIO and CTO position of the company. Knowing the coming out with the newest and best products would always be important, he put a significant amount of effort into creating an environment where new and innovative products could be launched. He strongly encouraged group collaboration and gave individual projects a specific 30-day period in which they could run through an innovation cycle. This process allowed Verizon to become an early leader in the development of new technology and communications products.
While he had plenty of success at GTE and Verizon, Kheradpir ultimately took a position with Barclay as the company’s Chief Operating Officer, a position that he’d held for about three years. After his time at Barclay’s, he decided to take a position as the CIO of Juniper Networks, where he was tasked with integrating a new operating plan into the company.
Beyond all of his professional successes, he also has dedicated a considerable amount of time to charities. He was previously a board member of the New York YMCA system and also has sat on a number of committees supporting his alma mater, Cornell University.