Shaygan Kheradpir was born in London on December 19, 1960, but grew up in Iran. He became a United States citizen shortly after he relocated to attend Cornell University, where he earned his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral Degree. His major was electrical engineering with a focus on control systems. Today, he still serves on the Engineering Council at Cornell. He also has advised the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the YMCA.
After he graduated Cornell, Shaygan on myspace worked for GTE Corporation. He specialized on network routing and management during his first job at GTE, until he became their chief information officer, a position that earned him a great deal of respect throughout the company. In the year 2000, GTE merged with Bell Atlantic, forming the Verizon company. Shaygan had a team of 7,000 IT specialists working with him to help develop new products, which included Verizon’s fiber optic network, Verizon One, and Iobi. Internet streaming, Voip software, and high speed internet would not be where they are today if it had not been for Shaygan’s award-winning work. He served as Verizon’s CIO/CTO for 11 years, negotiating with vendors and reducing the company’s IT budget by outsourcing some programming jobs to India. Thanks to his contributions to the Fiob (Fiber Optics in the Home) technology with Verizon, it quickly grew to a whopping $12 billion business and an industry leader.
In 2011, Kheradpir became Chief Operating Officer of the Global Retail & Business Bank for Barclays, where he helped to develop the Pingit software for accepting mobile payments. Before long, he was promoted to Chief Operations and Technology Officer; it was the first time that a technology professional served on executive team for Barclays. In January 2014, he was hired as CEO of Juniper Networks, where he started a comprehensive plan to save the company money and increase dividends. As he said in an interview with ARN, he strongly believed in keeping the focus on the customer, depending on partners, and executing business with a ‘no excuses’ mentality. He also talked about cloud software, and looking at business from the perspective of the customer – the smart customer that wants a reliable cloud that cannot get hacked. Although the focus will be on these customers, he also planned on catering to the more traditional customers also. Claiming that he and Juniper had differing viewpoints on leadership and customer focus as the main reasons, Kheradpir left Juniper in November of 2014.