Cognos Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations Rick Gilbody Appointed Acting President, Americas Geography

    - Planned Transition Ensures Continued Momentum of Americas Solutions and
Sales -

    OTTAWA, ONTARIO & BURLINGTON, MASS., March 19 /CNW/ - Cognos (Nasdaq:  
COGN; TSX: CSN), the world leader in business intelligence and performance
management solutions, today appointed Rick Gilbody acting president of the
Americas Geography. 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. He will be acting in the position previously held by
Tony Sirianni, who is leaving Cognos after a 12-year career to pursue personal
interests. Cognos is continuing its search for a permanent Americas president.

    "I want to thank Tony Sirianni for his strong contribution to the
company. Since he joined Cognos in 1994, Tony has exhibited unwavering passion
and leadership in driving the Americas and Worldwide sales and services
operations. His personal conviction and customer focus have been instrumental
in securing our leadership position in the performance management
marketplace," Rechan said.

    "As a seven-year Cognos veteran, Rick has demonstrated great leadership
in both the finance function and field operations, and has earned the respect
of the entire leadership team," Rechan said. "Rick has a deep understanding of
our entire business and customer base. Under his direction, we'll be able to
maintain both continuity and momentum in the Americas sales and solutions team
during this planned leadership transition."

    Mr. Gilbody joined Cognos in 2000 as the Americas vice president of
finance and administration, following positions with IBM, Lotus Development,
Instron Corporation and General Electric. He has 25 years of experience in
finance and operations, including 16 years in the software industry. Last
year, Mr. Gilbody was promoted to senior vice president, finance and
operations, responsible for global field and product finance teams, facilities
and distribution, and financial planning and analysis.

    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 Kristen
Orfanos, 781-782-5852 or Investor Relations: Cognos
John Lawlor, 613-738-3503

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