Microsoft hires former Qualcomm exec Peggy Johnson as executive vice president of Business Development

In an official blog post today, Microsoft has announced that former Qualcomm executive Margaret L. (Peggy) Johnson has been named executive vice president of Business Development. Johnson will be reporting directly to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

“Peggy shares our worldview and knows what it takes to drive new growth in mobility and the cloud,” Nadella said. “Her experience uniquely positions her to lead Microsoft’s business development efforts, and she will be a great addition to our senior leadership team.”

Johnson was the executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies and the president of global market development, prior to making the move to Microsoft. She was responsible for commercializing new business opportunities and developing strategic relationships. She held various leadership spots in the company for close to 24 years — having experience in engineering, sales, marketing, and business development. She also played a huge role in launching the world’s first large-scale mobile app store.

Starting September 1st at Microsoft, Johnson will be responsible for driving strategic business deals and partnerships across various industries with key customers, strategic innovation partners, OEMs, key accounts, third-party publishers, and industry influencers. 

“I’m thrilled to be joining Microsoft at such a pivotal time for the company and the industry,” Johnson said. “The opportunity to build new and surprising partnerships to help Microsoft succeed in a mobile-first, cloud-first world is truly exciting, and I look forward to leading these efforts.”