From Dell Insider to Suitor

Blackstone Group LP’s letter laying out a potential bid for Dell Inc. was co-signed by someone very familiar to the computer maker: David Johnson.

Mr. Johnson, a graduate of Boston College and a 27-year alum of International Business Machines Corp., joined Dell in 2009 as its senior vice president of corporate strategy and led the Round Rock, Texas, company’s mergers-and-acquisitions team.

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