In the world of business and technology, executives must balance many hats. Sometimes they act as managers, accountants, teachers, and trouble-shooters, and sometimes they take on the role of strategist, public relations guru, and look for ways to enhance the advancement of new operations. Being a business and tech exec means wearing a lot of hats, making difficult choices, and following through on tough decisions, and the systems that one must put into place to be able to make things run smoothly, are imperative.
Consider the career of a man named Shaygan Kheradpir. After working his educational way in electrical engineering through to obtainment of his Ph.D. from Cornell University, he has been striving to build work that matters to customers, investors, and his employees as well as the greater good of the community. Currently CEO of Juniper Networks, a company attuned to the networking industry in California, Kheradpir has help other impressive tiles from Chief Operations and Technology Officer for the Barclays group for global retail banking, business, and corporate and investment work. His work has focused on modernizing and digitizing product innovations that make a difference. Shaygan Kheradpir knows management, network routing, and leading teams toward success in their identified goals for their respective companies.
As Kheradpir also knows, it is important for those in the business and technological industries to be able to lead and guide new and innovative products that will reinvent the market, traditional networking, and build value for both company and customers. Whether dealing with infrastructures or data, fiber optics or old-fashioned face-to-face communications, the necessary skills and motivations come from within. Determination to go above the status quo and to make positive changes in industry can make the difference in profits, leadership, and legacy.
Kheradpir started out for GTE Corp. which eventually become Verizon through a series of mergers, and he stayed with Verizon for eleven years in leadership capacities, including working in IT system support and new product development. He wore the budgeting hat to help reduce company spending on technology by outsourcing, negotiating, and enhancing streamlined asset usage.
Born in London, Shaygan Kheradpir grew up in Iran but was schooled in Switzerland and then the United States. Like many who wear the hats of leadership, these experiences have, no doubt, served him well. He’s been in charge of new product development and the testing of new technology, kicking butt and taking names, so to speak, along with his colleagues, like most business and tech execs do.
Another thing that business and technical leaders engage in is giving back to the community at large. Kheradpir served on the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology board for a few years on a committee on advanced technology, and he has also served in the past on the Advisory Board of the YMCA of Greater New York. In addition to all of his work and volunteer contributions, Kheradpir is also a member of the Cornell University Engineering Council. What will be next?