Cognos Appoints Phillip Beniac President, Cognos Asia-Pacific

    - 17-year SAS sales executive to lead Cognos Asia-Pac solutions and sales
teams -

    OTTAWA & BURLINGTON, MASS., September 6 /CNW/ - Cognos (NASDAQ:   COGN)
(TSX: CSN), the world leader in business intelligence and performance
management solutions, today appointed Phillip Beniac president of Cognos'
Asia-Pacific region.

    Mr. Beniac will report to Cognos Chief Operating Officer, Les Rechan, and
will be responsible for spearheading Asia-Pacific sales and solutions
initiatives to ensure customer success and drive continued performance
management leadership in the market. He will replace outgoing President Jack
Thomas, who is retiring after 23 years of service with Cognos.

    "Phillip has an established track record leading performance management
sales and operations, combined with stellar experience growing business in
emerging markets," said Rechan. "His energy and drive will underpin our
go-to-market strategy and execution in Asia-Pacific as we continue to deliver
market-leading performance management solutions to our customers."

    Mr. Beniac joins Cognos from SAS Institute where he held the position of
Vice-President, Asia-Pacific. In this role, Mr. Beniac led Asia-Pacific sales,
marketing, professional services and administrative personnel across 15
countries. He joined SAS' sales organization in 1990 and held a variety of
senior, global sales and business development positions during his tenure.

    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


For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Cognos Steve Milmore,
781-313-2403 or Lois Paul & Partners, LLC Jessica
Sutera, 781-782-5789 or Investor Relations: Cognos John
Lawlor, 613-738-3503

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