Margaret Burgraff

Leadership in times of Digital Transformation 


Margaret Burgraff is vice president of the Mobile and Communications Group (MCG) and general manager of Quality, Certification, Tools and Validation at Intel Corporation.


Her role is to ensure that the Intel brand promise is upheld for all phone and tablet platforms shipped to Intel customers. To achieve this, Burgraff is not only responsible for the overall governance of quality for all products in the MCG business unit, but also the validation of Android and Windows software on Intel-based phone and tablet platforms, the certification of mobile communication products, and the development and maintenance of software development tools and hardware manufacturing test tools.


During her time at Intel, Burgraff has overseen the launch of such key products as Medfield, Lexington, Merrifield, Clovertrail and Baytrail platforms and associated Intel-based products for both Android and Windows. These devices have blazed new trails requiring MCG to develop capabilities to ship full vertical end products which required the comprehension of a new set of customer requirements and demands.


With these capabilities now in place, we believe that Intel can move to the forefront and become the technology leader in the mobile space within the next five years. Burgraff’s work has led MCG to win back-to-back Intel Software Quality Awards in 2013 for Audio driver reuse across Android and Windows (Accelerating product TTM through system engineering innovations), and in 2014 for the Bay Trail Tablet Windows platform (Product Delivery Framework to Accelerate Software TTM for Highly Integrated SoCs).


Burgraff joined Intel in 2011 as the director of quality for MCG. Before coming to Intel, she was with Palm/Hewlett-Packard from 2009 to 2011, where she served as senior director of quality for WebOS. Burgraff began her career in 1994 at Apple Computer in Cork, Ireland, spending several years as an application programming interface test engineer before moving to Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California in 1998 to launch the first iMac.


She served as the quality manager for Apple's iBook product line from 1998 to 2005, and as senior quality manager for Apple Macintosh engineering products from 2005 to 2009. During this time, she led the qualification strategy supporting the transition of the entire platform line to Intel® Architecture. Burgraff holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from University College in Cork, Ireland.



  • Software Quality Assurance
  • Software Certification
  • Automation
  • Performance Testing
  • Usability Testing
  • User Acceptance Testing
  • Mobile Applications


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