Shaygan Kheradpir Looking to Take Coriant to the Next Level

Coriant lives in one of the most competitive industries in the world, so keeping up at the very least and preferably staying ahead of that competition is necessary in order to stay relevant, viable and most of all – successful. With names like Lucent and Cisco among many others, vying for their share market space and customers, Coriant has turned to a source of experience to not only keep up but with intentions of leading the pack.
Within the past year Coriant announced a change at the top, and the name leading that change was a familiar one, Shaygan Kheradpir. To be certain, this is no small gamble with the nearly 500 customers and approximated ballpark of one billion in revenue, which is perhaps one of the two primary reasons for turning to Kheradpir for leadership. His resume would reflect such industry leading companies as Verizon, GTE and Barclay’s Bank among his 28 years of experience. The second reason for looking to Kheradpir for leadership is an apparent existing relationship.
The management team of Marlin Equity Partners has been working closely with Shaygan Kheradpir for a considerable time, according to Coriant and even cited that he has been working in a role with Marlin Equity Partners as Operating Executive. Why is this important? Marlin Equity Partners is the organization that built Coriant, so this may actually appear from the inside out, as a natural progression.
This move is also being applauded by some in the Coriant organization, namely former CEO Pat DiPietro. DiPietro will be acting as Vice Chairman and returning to his role of operating partner for, wait for it…Marlin Equity Partners. DiPietro was quoted as saying in a detailed article announcing the Coriant change (http://www.lightreading.com/optical/packet-optical/kheradpirs-coriant-comeback/a/d-id/718548), “We are honored to welcome Shaygan to Coriant and fortunate to have an executive of his caliber…His strategic insight and guidance on focused operational execution have been invaluable…we are confident in his ability to drive Coriant to the next level of growth.”
Does this move guarantee success? Are there some who doubt that this was the best move for Coriant? Sure, nothing guarantees success and there will always be skeptics, the proof will be in the pudding of results in this case. The optimism is there, the desire to lead exists and now it gets interesting. The hopes are high that this change in leadership proves to be the best move, makes a great pudding and an even stronger and healthier company would be nice too.

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