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Shaygan Kheradpir, Ph.D.

Board Member, Industry Advisor

About Shaygan

Dr. Kheradpir is best known for driving transformational change using technology at Verizon where he was Group CIO, at Barclays Bank as Group COO, at Juniper Networks & Coriant (formerly Tellabs, Siemens Optical, Sycamore) as CEOs and Chairman.

Dr. Kheradpir was on the founding Executive Leadership Committee of Verizon helping it to transform from a phone company to a premier telecom worldwide with products such as FiOS and 4G-LTE, interactive multi-media, and world-class customer service and efficiency through automation.

At Barclays, he was on the bank’s Global Executive Committee as Group COO and helped set the course for 21st century industrialization in financial services — pioneering industry-first FinTech products such as peer-to-peer mobile money, bank digitization and automation, lowering risks, and cost reductions via the company’s TRANSFORM Program.

As CEO of Juniper, he focused the company by creating and executing its Integrated Operating Plan (IOP) that ultimately drove EBITDA growth double digits, launching Cloud-Builder and High IQ networking products, automation and machine learning. As Chairman & CEO of Coriant, he integrated and re-invented three predecessor companies of Tellabs, Siemens Optical, and Sycamore, dramatically lowering costs, and creating the industry-first Hyper-scale Carrier Architecture (HCA) products that propelled Coriant to become a leading insurgent telecom equipment company across high-speed packet-optical, Silicon-Photonics, cloud interconnect, and 5G. The new disruptive products ultimately drove hundreds of millions of dollars of new revenue and spun-off a leading Silicon Photonics company, Elenion, ultimately acquired by Nokia.

Dr. Kheradpir currently works with high-tech startups and is also a senior advisor and operating executive at Cerberus Capital with special focus on 5G, Autonomy, AI/ML, Semiconductors, Next Generation Compute Systems, Blockchain, and Cybersecurity.

Dr. Kheradpir received his BS, ME, and Ph.D. in electrical & computer engineering from Cornell University in 1982, ’83 and ’87, respectively. He is on the boards of MTN Group (260 million subscribers across MEA), Untether AI, Pivotal Commware, AURA Networks, Source Code, and Red River. Dr. Kheradpir is on Cornell University Engineering Council and served on the Advisory Board of the US National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST).

He was inducted into CIO Hall of Fame in 2006, selected as outstanding young engineer by the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 1990, awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2014, and received an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2010 in recognition for the FiOS interactive TV.

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