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Name: Ranjini Chandirakanthan
New job: Director at Cassel Salpeter & Co. She’ll lead the firm’s technology practice.
Previously: Director of strategy at Dell.
Also: Chandirakanthan was a senior director of corporate development at Sun Microsystems. She also has worked at Lehman Brothers, ThinkEquity and Neoteris, a startup. She began her career as a CPA at KPMG Peat Marwick.
Education: Chandirakanthan has a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Best advice: In business school, the head of a large, acquisitive company shared that he always negotiated acquisition deals on the shop floor because that is where the CEO is most comfortable. That has been my experience. Negotiations are best in person at the other party’s office.