Derek Peterson

CTO, Boingo Wireless

Speaker Bio

Derek Peterson, Ph. D., is chief technology officer at Boingo Wireless. He is responsible for the Boingo's technical vision and strategy. Under his leadership, Boingo is pioneering the adoption and deployment of the latest IT and wireless network technologies including 5G, 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.

Dr. Peterson has deep telecommunications experience 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.

He is a Wireless Broadband Alliance Co-Chair, Ongo Alliance Treasureur and SoCalCIO Chair and board member. Dr. Peterson was named "CIO of the Year" for SocalCIO in 2022, “CTO of the Year” in 2017 by the Los Angeles Business Journal and a 2015 and 2019 “Wireless Industry Executive to Watch” by FierceWireless.

Dr. Peterson 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. He is an adjunct professor for Southern Utah University and an editor for the “International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications.”