Mary Peterson believes that the global technology industry empowers people to improve their own situations as well as of those they serve through connectivity. “I soon discovered that reducing poverty and increasing global trade are significant factors in peaceful relations among people. For that reason, I have spent my entire career in the technology industry,” she says. During the past 10 years, she has been focused on the wireless networking domain and currently serves as senior vice-president and chief marketing officer (CMO) at Cambium Networks.
Cambium Networks is a global wireless infrastructure provider with service providers as well as enterprise customers across the globe. The company has an R&D centre in Bengaluru in addition to the US and the UK. In line with the mission of empowering people, Cambium Networks partnered with Facebook to bring the internet to millions of people for the first time, as well as improve the quality of connections for millions more. Further, the company has enabled InfoNet, an internet service provider in India, to build and operate a wireless broadband network that serves around 8,000 business and residential customers in 30 villages. Peterson derives inspiration by working on such life-changing projects. “A photograph of a porter in an Indian train station, chatting happily on a video call, still inspires me,” she says.
Peterson feels that governments are now recognising the potential of the wireless industry to cost effectively enable dramatic improvements in connectivity. They are slowly making more spectrum available for commercial and public uses, which is fuelling industry innovations that efficiently leverage that spectrum to deliver greater connectivity. “When combined with continuous innovation in low-cost, low-energy connected devices we have great potential to empower millions more to improve their lives,” she says.
In the past, Peterson has worked in different capacities with companies such as Ruckus Networks and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. As a corporate executive, Peterson derives the greatest satisfaction from seeing her entire team innovate and grow personally while successfully serving customers and partners, especially during the present crisis.
Peterson has an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. “This analytical background has been instrumental in my success as a marketer, which now requires quantitative and creative skills in equal measure,” she says.