Creators who bring their intellect to popular tech products aimed for consumer on mtv.com use are a dime a dozen, the creative genius and proper handling of consumer products in general is a specialized skill not many have. Add in the wide spread niche of technological products with a proper usage and operations and it’s even more rare to find someone with that much dedication. Shaygan Kheradpir is a man that has made his way during the revolution of technology in the midst of its transition from the early development stages to apps that are now used for daily life.
Kheradpir grew up in Iran then moved to the United States for college and earned a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University. Shaygan Kheradpir’s landed his first job in 1987 at GTE Laboratories where he worked on network routing, management, and control. He eventually became their Chief Information Officer and earned a mention in The Wall Street Journal.
GTE merged with Bell Atlantic in 2000 to form Verizon Communications where Kheradpir initially served as the company’s president of their e-business division. He then went on to become the company’s first CIO/CTO. In 2001 Kheradpir created a mass of small groups whose soul job was to develop new product ideas and follow the 30-day prototype Kheradpir had developed to rapidly test and modify new technology in the development stages. His staff included approximately 7,000 employees who worked tirelessly through long days and deep into the night but they where still in desperate need of more workers at Verizon because of the accelerated pace of his department.
According to InfoWorld it was stated that Kheradpir’s department contributed to the creation and development of Verizon’s FiOS fiber optic video initiative and the related DVR. His team then created iobi in 2003 which was used to manage address books, caller ID and related features across Verizon’s varied devices. The year after his department developed the Verizon One which was a combination phone, modem, router and portable device. Not only did his division create new technology they also took part in advancing and modifying Verizon’s existing core systems such as their call center, website, and automated customer service systems. They also integrated systems from GTE and Bell Atlantic.
Kheradpir left Verizon and joined Barclay’s in January of 2011 as their Chief Operating Officer of the Global Retail & Business Bank. There he contributed to the development of consumer related products like Pingit, a mobile payment software. By 2013 he had been promoted to Chief Operations and Technology Officer and became the first tech executive to sit on the board at Barclays. From 2007 to 2010 Kheradpir served on the Advisory Board of the YMCA of Greater New York then between 2010 and 2013 served on the board of the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology. Recently Kheradpir has become the CEO of Juniper Networks to continue his career in executive technology.