Shaygan Kheradpir
Chief Information Officer - Information Technology, Verizon Communications

Shaygan Kheradpir is chief information officer for Verizon, a position he has held since January 2002. He is responsible for information technology and e-business, including information systems strategy, architecture and the development and maintenance of all corporate systems.

Prior to his current assignment, Kheradpir was president - e-Business Group for Verizon, a position he held since July 2000. He was responsible for e-business design, implementation and performance. This included e-business systems and operations, e-products and services development, customer acquisition and retention, sales and using the Internet as a distribution channel for all Verizon products and services.

Prior to that, Kheradpir was vice president - Information Technology, Enterprise Systems for GTE, a position he held since August 1998. Enterprise Systems was an organization of more than 4,000 Information Technology professionals across GTE National Operations. Kheradpir was responsible for GTE-IT strategy, architecture, development, production support and deployment.

Prior to that, he had served as assistant vice president-Information Technology since 1996.

Kheradpir joined GTE in 1987. In 1994, he was named vice president - GTE Labs, where he directed the company's Software Systems Lab.

He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, and the National Academy of Engineering selected Kheradpir as one of the nation's 85 outstanding young engineers in 1996. Kheradpir serves on Cornell University's Electrical Engineering School advisory board and on the Sun Microsystems' technology advisory council. From 1992-94 he was adjunct professor of electrical engineering at Northeastern University. Kheradpir has written more than 20 journal papers and holds one U.S. patent.

He earned bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University.