Women in Technology Hall of Fame

Peggy Johnson

Peggy Johnson

CEO, Magic Leap

Inducted in 2013

Peggy Johnson is the executive vice president of business development at Microsoft. She played an instrumental role in global development and she encouraged the adoption of 3G wireless broadband technology. These services were made available in the regions of the Americas and India when she was the executive vice president at Qualcomm Technologies.

During her time at Qualcomm Tech, she held numerous, impressive titles including the executive vice president and president of global market development. In this role, she was responsible for commercializing business opportunities and developing strategic relationships. Notably, during her time, she oversaw Qualcomm Labs—an incubator focused on launching new businesses and products that explore new technology market segments.

Peggy served as a member of Qualcomm’s executive committee.

Under her leadership, Qualcomm developed and commercially launched the BREW platform, which pioneered the world’s first large-scale mobile app store, helped developers monetize their applications, and inspired the growth of a global ecosphere that has generated $3 billion in revenue to date.

As president of Qualcomm Internet Services and MediaFLO Technologies, Peggy was integral in establishing the foundation to bring next-generation wireless technologies for mobile applications and mobile broadcast video to market.

Peggy began her 23-year Qualcomm career as a software engineer, working up to vice president of technology. Before joining the Qualcomm team, she worked as an engineer in the military electronics division at General Electric.

Peggy holds a BS in electrical engineering from San Diego State University.

For her incredible professional efforts throughout the years, Peggy has received numerous awards and recognition.

In 2017, "Business Insider" recognized her as the most powerful female engineer in the United States and the second most powerful female engineer in the world in 2016.

Also in 2016, she was recognized by the Silicon Republic as one of the most powerful women leading tech around the world. In 2012, she was named as one of STEMconnector’s 100 Women Leaders in STEM, in 2011 as one of Fierce Wireless’ Most Influential Women in Wireless, and in 2010 received the Athena Pinnacle Award.

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