Derek Peterson, Ph.D., is chief technology officer at Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI), the global leader in connectivity. At Boingo, he is responsible for the company’s technical vision and strategy. Under his leadership, Boingo is pioneering the adoption and deployment of the latest wireless network technologies including 5G, CBRS, Passpoint, network virtualization and convergence. He is directly responsible for building and operating Boingo’s core technologies and systems, including web applications, client software, networks, authentication, billing, advertising, IPTV, business intelligence and IT infrastructure.
Holding deep telecommunications experience, Dr. Peterson’s career spans positions as a consultant, engineer, product manager and executive. Prior to joining Boingo in 2011, he served in strategic product roles at Oracle driving global launch campaigns for LTE adoption and billing software solutions.
Dr. Peterson is a CBRS Alliance and Wireless Broadband Alliance board member, and a founding member of the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s Innovation & Technology Council of wireless industry leaders. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Joint Endeavor, serving with the United States Air Force.
He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, an MA in Education and Technology from the American InterContinental University, and a Doctorate of Computer Science with a focus on Enterprise Information Systems from Colorado Technical University. In 2017, Los Angeles Business Journal named Dr. Peterson CTO of the Year. In 2019, FierceWireless named him a “Wireless Industry Executive to Watch.”