Microsoft’s Peggy Johnson: How I became the ‘deal maker in chief,’ leading the $26 billion LinkedIn acquisition and 40+ investments
Peggy Johnson gets paid millions to help make Microsoft billions. Her actual title is executive vice president for business development, and she’s helped lead over 40 investments with Microsoft Ventures. One deal was the acquisition of LinkedIn — for $26 billion. She joined the company three years ago after spending 25 years at the telecommunications company Qualcomm. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella personally called her on a Saturday to get her on board. Business Insider US Editor-in-Chief Alyson Shontell recently caught up with Johnson at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. On this episode, Johnson talks about making it to Microsoft and how her team decides which companies to invest in or acquire.