Shaygan Kheradpir had the good fortune of being born into a rather well to do family. However, she climbed the corporate ladder herself and did everything on her own. Her family simply helped her with an education. Thanks to her education and her strive for excellence though, Shaygan Kheradpir is now on facebook one of the most powerful business women in the world. With her combination of business and technological smarts, she now manages several different businesses and is on the board of directors for several different major corporations.
While born in London, Shaygan Kheradpir moved with her family to Iran as a young child and spent the majority of her childhood there. This helped give her perspective on business workings throughout different areas of the world. She eventually went on to attend college in Switzerland before moving to the United States where she obtained not only her bachelor’s and master’s in electrical engineering from Cornell University but also her Ph.D.
Once Shaygan Kheradpir finished with her education she went on to work with GTE Laboratories. While with GTE, she focused on networking and computer routing along with holding different management positions. With her work, as she moved up the professional ladder with the company, she started to receive attention from outsiders. This came to a head when GTE merged with Bell Atlantic. The combination of GTE and Bell Atlantic spun off a new company: Verizon. Now, Verizon is one of the largest mobile service providers in the world and is a leading provider in the United States.
When Shaygan Kheradpir moved with GTE to Verizon, she he’d the e-business division. She did not stay in this position for long as she eventually became the CTO and CIO, both of which she was the first Information and Tech officer for Verizon. She held onto this position for a year where she spearheaded several different new ideas for the company. She helped launch both DVR services and Verizon FiOS, a fiber optics networking service that provides information streams at faster speeds than traditional cabling.
Shaygan Kheradpir continued to work with Verizon up until 2011. At this time she moved in to work with Barclays, the major financial corporation. Upon moving to Barclays she became the COO for Global Retail and Business within the company. While working with Barclays and standing as the very first female COO and CTO for Barclays she also worked on the board of several different corporations and not profit organizations. This included the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. She also worked on the advisory board for the YMCA based out of New York and also now sits on the board for Cornell University in order to offer council and assistance to the president of the company.
Shaygan Kheradpir has proven to be one of the most important female professionals in several different corporations and fields, including both the financial field with Barclays and with the tech industry, as she helped revolutionize the services offered by Verizon Communications.