Business 100 – 2017

Peggy Johnson/Microsoft

As executive vice president of business development, Peggy Johnson is responsible for driving strategic partnerships and transactions to accelerate growth for Microsoft and its customers. Johnson works with external partners around the world, to identify areas of collaboration, drive innovation, and unlock shared value and also manages Microsoft’s relationship with the venture capital community. Previously, Johnson spent 24 years at Qualcomm and worked as an engineer for General Electric’s military electronics division.

Peggy holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from San Diego State and serves on the board of directors for Live Nation Entertainment and the international non-profit PATH. She has been recognized by multiple organizations, including Business Insider, Silicon Republic, Connected World, Women in Technology International, and STEM.

A second-generation Irish American with roots in Longford and Sligo, Peggy attributes her work ethic to her Irish grandparents, both of whom “separately moved to a new country, with nothing in their pockets but addresses of friends.” She lives in the Seattle area with her husband, the youngest of their three children, four dogs, and one cat.