Juniper Networks is an industry leader in networking. Shaygan Kheradpir succeeded Kevin Johnson as the CEO of the company, but Johnson continued to remain a board member. The board said that it had conducted a thorough search process and was excited to appoint Shaygan Kheradpir as the new CEO to steer the company to great heights.
In a statement by the chairman of board, Juniper Networks, Scott Kriens he said that Kheradpir had a proven track record of exemplary providing successful business operations and introducing technological changes that drive growth and development of a company. With great industry knowledge and a good technical vision in areas of telecommunications services and global enterprises, Shaygan Kheradpir on fancy was the right candidate to succeed Kevin Johnson.
When you talk of Verizon, there is one man you cannot forget to mention, Shaygan Kheradpir. This business and technology professional has served Verizon for a long time. Kheradpir went to Cornell University where he studied electrical engineering from bachelor’s degree to Ph.D.
After completing his studies, Kheradpir had his first career assignment with GTE Laboratories. At GTE, he took charge of network routing, control, and management. He moved up the rank to attain a chief information officer position. In this company, he earned himself respect because of his ability to spearhead the team to deliver new products on schedule.
When GTE partnered with Bell Atlantic forming Verizon communications in 2000, Kheradpir moved to join the new company. Initially at Verizon, he served the position of president in the company’s e-business division. He was later was promoted to become the first Verizon’s CIO and CTO.
When at Verizon, he led the company to achieve a diversified telecommunication service and automated its operations. He designed small teams of the workforce that took charge of developing new product ideas. For example, he came up with a strategy that implemented a 30-day prototype cycle meant to achieve rapid tests of products and modifications of new technologies.
At Verizon, his team consisted of about 7000 workers who went an extra mile to work late hours so as to get things done in a more efficient and speedy manner. A rapid pace of development of new products was witnessed at Verizon owing to Kheradpir’s ability to push the team beyond the limits in performance.
Verizon managed to develop some of its cutting-edge products such as FiOS fiber optic. His team also designed and developed Iobi, a system that manages address books and other features like caller ID across devices. Verizon One was another product delivered under the effort of Kheradpir. This was a system comprising of a router, phone, modem and portable device.
Many of the company’s core systems were re-engineered and modified by Kheradpir’s team including the website, call center, and automated customer service. At his time in Verizon, Kheradpir helped the company to reduce its budget on information technology from 6 percent, the industry average to about 4 percent. And, between the period 2000 to 2003, he scaled down the size of IT staff by almost 20 percent and cut back on the cost of buying products from technology merchants by close to 30 percent.