Securus Technologies is a company offering inmate communication services. The company provides a range of services in voice and video communications. Currently, the company is being headed by CEO Rick Smith. Smith has played an incredible role in bringing the company to the position it currently has today. He has worked hard to bring the company up, which is why today it stands as one of the most widely used inmate communications companies in the country. As the chief executive officer of the company, Rick Smith manages the entire operation of Securus Technologies, spanning over hundreds of prisons in America and a few in Canada. He has an incredible amount of skill and knowledge when it comes to the field and knows what it takes to run a company, which is what has made him a brilliant leader to Securus.
Rick Smith was instrumental in the significant change that Securus Technologies went through in 2008. Back then, the company was among the top five prison communications providers in the country but wanted to be the best and most widely used service provider. To bring their plans to fruition, they decided to merge with another big company called T-Netix. T-Netix was also in the same position as Securus Technologies, which is why the merge proved to be one of the best things for both the companies. Rick Smith played a huge role in ensuring that company was moving on the right track and with a proper plan in mind. He worked hard to bring the merger together, which has proven to be extremely fruitful for Securus.
After the merge, when the talks of the new CEO of the company started emerging, Smith was seen as the best person for the job and was appointed immediately.Rick Smith is well versed with the technology sector and has a lot of educational qualifications in it as well. He is, in fact, an electrical engineer and has also attained a masters degree in Mathematics. In addition, he also has an MBA which he pursued to reach his business and professional goals. Before coming to work for Securus Technologies, Rick Smith tried his hand at a lot of different jobs and companies. When he came to work for Securus Technologies, he realized that this was the place for him. Today, he is seen as one of the most vital members for the growth and success of the company.
Shaygan Kheradpir is a technology and business executive and current Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Coriant. Coriant is an international supplier of networking solutions to network operators. Coriant currently provides services to government agencies, content providers, utility companies and more. The company serves over 500 customers in over 100 countries.
Kheradpir has over 28 years of experience in the telecommunications, financial services and technology industries. The businessman began his career with GTE Corporation, one of the largest telephone companies in the United States, in 2000. His first job after graduating from Cornell University was with GTE Laboratories where he worked on the company’s network management. Soon after starting at GTE Laboratories he became Chief Information Officer for GTE Corporation. After GTE merged with Bell Atlantic to create Verizon, Kheradpir worked for Verizon as the Chief Information Officer/ Chief Technology Officer for eleven years. During this time he oversaw a team of 7,000 people that was responsible for managing the company’s IT network and developing new products. While at Verizon Kheradpir reduced IT spending by negotiating with suppliers and outsourcing services to India. From 2011 to 2013 Kheradpir worked for Barclays bank in London as the Chief Operating Officer of its Global Retail and Business Bank, and then as Chief Operations and Technology Officer of the entire company and Executive Committee Member. After leaving Barclays, the businessman was Chief Executive Officer for Juniper Networks for most of 2014.
Early in 2015 Kheradpir joined Coriant. He was introduced to the company when he worked with the organization while briefly as Operating Partner of Marlin Equity Partners. It was announced in late September that the businessman was appointed to Chief Executive Officer. Kheradpir aims to drive Coriant’s growth strategy and focus more heavily on topics that matter to its customer base.
Kheradpir was born in London and raised in Iran. The businessman moved to the United States to study at Cornell University. He received his Ph.D., master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University with a focus on control systems. Kheradpir has served on the boards of the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology and the YMCA of Greater New York. He is also a member of Cornell’s Engineering Council and was an adjunct professional of electrical engineering at Northeastern University. In 2007, he was named to CIO Magazine’s Hall of Fame. Kheradpir holds a number of technology and telecommunications patents.