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9:25am EDT September 30, 2005
Born: 1952, Vijyawada, India

Education: Bachelor’s degree, electrical engineering, College of Engineering, Guindy, India; master’s degree, electrical and computer engineering, Wayne State University; honorary doctorate in business administration, Bryant College

Whom do you admire most in business and why?

Michael Dell, because when you are in the products and services industry, it is difficult to differentiate yourself. He has changed the PC industry by how he delivers his products.

What is the most important business lesson you’ve learned?

Trust your intuition.

What has been your toughest business challenge?

There are different challenges at every level of business as you progress, but the greatest constant challenge is to continue finding good people.

Describe your leadership style.

We are a culture where there is a sense of urgency, and we do all we can to satisfy our clients needs. I push my people very hard, and I want them to have their arms around the business so they can stay on top of every project.