Cognos Veteran to Lead Americas Solutions and Sales Teams
OTTAWA AND BURLINGTON, MASS., June 21 /CNW/ - Cognos (Nasdaq: COGN; TSX:
CSN), the world leader in business intelligence and performance management
solutions, today appointed Rick Gilbody president of the Americas. Reporting
to Cognos Chief Operating Officer Les Rechan, Mr. Gilbody will be responsible
for spearheading Americas sales and solutions initiatives, ensuring customer
success, and driving continued momentum and growth in the market.
"I'm very pleased to announce Rick's appointment as president of the
Americas. Rick is a seasoned Cognos executive with a deep understanding of our
business, strong leadership qualities and a proven track record in both field
operations and finance," said Mr. Rechan. "Rick has earned the full commitment
of the company since joining Cognos seven years ago. His operational skills
and global team experience will ensure that our business in the Americas is
well-positioned for continued growth."
Mr. Gilbody has been acting president of the Americas since March. Before
that, he was Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations, responsible for
global field and product finance teams, facilities, distribution, and
financial planning and analysis. Prior to this role, Mr. Gilbody served as
Senior Vice President, Finance, responsible for global financial operations.
Mr. Gilbody joined Cognos in 2000 from Lotus Development, where he was
responsible for worldwide field financial operations for the $1.2 billion
sales and services field operations group. He also held executive positions
with IBM, Instron Corporation and General Electric. He has 25 years of
experience in operations and finance, including 16 years in the software
Cognos, the world leader in business intelligence and performance
management solutions, provides world-class enterprise planning and BI software
and services to help companies plan, understand and manage financial and
Cognos brings together technology, analytical applications, best
practices, and a broad network of partners to give customers a complete
performance system. The Cognos performance system is an open and adaptive
solution that leverages an organization's ERP, packaged applications, and
database investments. It gives customers the ability to answer the questions
-- How are we doing? Why are we on or off track? What should we do about it? -
and enables them to understand and monitor current performance while planning
future business strategies.
Cognos serves more than 23,000 customers in more than 135 countries, and
its top 100 enterprise customers consistently outperform market indexes.
Cognos performance management solutions and services are also available from
more than 3,000 worldwide partners and resellers. For more information, visit
the Cognos Web site at http://www.cognos.com.
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