Cognos Appoints Philippe Duranton SVP, Human Resources

    - Brings over 17 years of global HR leadership experience to Cognos -

    BURLINGTON, MASS. AND OTTAWA, April 2 /CNW/ - Cognos (Nasdaq:   COGN; TSX:
CSN), the world leader in business intelligence (BI) and performance
management solutions, today announced the appointment of Philippe Duranton as
senior vice president, human resources, effective April 16. Mr. Duranton will
be responsible for leading the company's worldwide human resources

    Mr. Duranton joins Cognos with over 17 years of experience in global
human resources management and development, including senior positions with
Gemplus, Vivendi Universal and Thales. Prior to joining Cognos, Mr. Duranton
served as senior executive vice president, human resources, at Gemplus, a
leading company in digital security. Earlier, he served as senior executive
vice president, general affairs, at Vivendi Universal TV and Film Group. Mr.
Duranton also served in various senior human resources roles during his time
at Thales, a world leader in defense, aerospace, security and services.

    "Philippe is a seasoned and pragmatic human resources leader, who brings
to Cognos a depth of experience in diverse international markets," said Rob
Ashe, Cognos president and chief executive officer. "Philippe understands how
important our people are to our company, and what it takes to drive global
leadership in the technology industry. I am also pleased that Philippe will
apply his depth of experience as a key executive sponsor for our emerging
business with Cognos 8 Workforce Performance. He will be a tremendous addition
to our team."

    About Cognos:

    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
operational performance.

    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

    Cognos and the Cognos logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Cognos Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other
names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Sean Reid Cognos, 613-738-1440 or Investor Relations: John Lawlor 613-738-3503

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