Derek Peterson, Ph. D., chief technology officer, is responsible for Boingo's technical vision and strategy. Under his leadership, Boingo is pioneering the adoption and deployment of the latest IT and network technologies including Passpoint and 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. Derek 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 veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Joint Endeavor, serving with the United States Air Force.
Derek is a Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) board member, and a founding member of the PCIA's Innovation & Technology Council of wireless industry leaders. Under Derek's leadership, Boingo has received prestigious industry honors including the 2016 WBA award for “Best Converged Operator Deployment;” 2016 Light Reading award for “Most Innovative Wireless Service;” 2015 Wi-Fi Industry awards for "Best Wi-Fi Network Operator" and "Best Wi-Fi Service for Vertical Markets" and the 2014 Light Reading Leading Light award for "Most Innovative Carrier Wi-Fi Deployment.” Derek was also named a 2015 "Wireless Industry Executive to Watch" by Fierce Wireless.
Derek 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 Colorado Technical University and an editor for the International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications.