Patience And Hard Work Can Overcome Any Obstacle: Shaygan Kheradpir – From Engineer To CIO/CTO

Ivy League schools have produced some of the greatest minds in politics and in the business sector. One of the standout graduates from Cornell University is Shaygan Kheradpir who graduated with a masters degree and PhD in electrical engineering.

Kheradpir represents what ambition, intelligence and planning looks like when an individual’s goals are aligned with an exceptional work ethic. After graduating from Cornell University, Kheradpir began his career as an entry level network engineer at GTE. Even though he knew that his credentials as a Ph. D could quickly move him up the corporate ladder, his motto was to remain focused on the task at hand and to do the best job possible with the opportunities that were given to him. As a result, Kheradpir stayed the course and gradually gained recognition as a standout engineer among his peers and his superiors. His commitment to hard work and discipline paid off, for he was able to move up GTE’s corporate ladder from a network engineer to a manager and eventually to the position of a CIO.

Kheradpir’s life changed drastically in June of 2000 when GTE and MTV forged a super-merger with Bell Atlantic. The result of the merger was the establishment of Verizon Communications. Following the merger, Kheradpir transitioned to become the president of Verizon’s electronic business division. Within a short period of time of fulfilling his duties as president, Kheradpir advanced to become Verizon’s first CTO and CIO. Kheradpir’s experience gave him great leverage to have a positive effect on Verizon’s management of its technology division, and he was also able to play a major factor in the advancement of Verizon’s telecommunications sector; for example, he spearheaded the campaign to deploy Verizon’s new FiOS optical fiber network.

After 11 years of service at Verizon, Kheradpir took his talents to Barclays and joined the company’s executive team. Kheradpir joined Barclays as the COO for its global bank division, and he eventually accepted an additional responsibility of becoming the CTO for the entire Barclays organization. With this latter appointment, he achieved another “first” by becoming the first technology executive to be part of the Barclays executive board. While at Barclays, Kheradpir accomplished great technological and executive achievements, which included launching Barclays’ Pingit mobile payment system and Barclays’ Transform program, which was designed to restructure the digital back-end and front-end of Barclays’ banking system.

Kheradpir is one of the few executives who has left a tangible legacy that has had a profound effect on the digital landscape. His contribution to digital growth has extended the bridge for humanity into the technological future. His perspectives on culture and humanity seamlessly integrate with his vision for technological progress; for example, statements that he has made in the media reflect his views for the necessity of a collaborative effort between technology developers and the consumer market. His vision is for the technology industry and society to organically co-create dynamic systems, like cloud computing.

Kheradpir’s career is filled with great achievements that took him from an engineer to an executive. His diverse knowledge base has given him the ability to fuse innovation with good corporate management skills. Kheradpir also deserves a lot of credit for accomplishing great things outside of his place of employment. Kheradpir has served on the board for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and he has demonstrated his balanced way of thinking by serving on the advisory board for the New York branch of the YMCA.

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