Juniper Networks has appointed Shaygan Kheradpir as its new chief executive officer, succeeding Kevin Johnson, who in July announced his plan to retire as CEO.
Effective January 1, 2014, Kheradpir joins the company from Barclays PLC, where he served as the chief operations and technology officer, and as a member of its executive committee.
Prior to joining Barclays, he was executive vice president and chief information and technology officer at Verizon Communications.
“The board has conducted a comprehensive search process and we’re very excited to name Shaygan Kheradpir as our next chief executive officer,” says Scott Kriens, chairman of the board, Juniper Networks.
“Shaygan has a proven track record of successful business operations and technology leadership, with industry knowledge and technical vision from the perspectives of both telecommunications service providers and global enterprises.
"Most importantly, Shaygan’s values and vision for the company align very tightly with our own, building a strong foundation for Juniper’s future.”
Kheradpir was an original member of the management team when Verizon was created, and through a decade of leadership, was an instrumental member of the team that transitioned Verizon from a regional telephone company to a broadband, media and global communications leader.
During his tenure, he helped to create and implement technologies and products that anticipated future market needs such as IP multi-media and Fiber Optic Service (FiOS).
“Juniper Networks delivers innovations that are transforming the way people interact, conduct business, and connect as a global community,” Kheradpir says.
“I am honored to lead this visionary organisation and look forward to working with this group of dedicated and talented professionals to drive the next phase of the company’s growth.”