Cognos Appoints Michael A. Morrison VP and General Manager, Financial Performance Management: - Veteran software industry executive to lead Cognos' financial performance management product initiatives -

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Cognos(R) (NASDAQ: COGN) (TSX: CSN), the world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, today appointed Michael A. Morrison as VP and General Manager, Financial Performance Management.

Michael is an industry veteran with a strong track record and a proven reputation. As a member of our executive management team, Michael will help drive our top-level market-focused teams towards further growth, success, and innovation in key opportunity areas of financial performance management.

    Mr. Morrison will report to Cognos Senior Vice-President of Products, Peter Griffiths. He joins Cognos from Applix, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and held responsibility for all sales, marketing and services operations.

At Cognos, Mr. Morrison will have primary responsibility for driving sustainable growth in financial performance management through the delivery of market-leading product; investment planning and market requirements; and engagement and support of sales teams to help facilitate growth and solution success on a global scale.

"We are pleased to welcome Michael to Cognos where his extensive cross-functional management experience will drive our leadership in financial performance management," said Peter Griffiths, senior vice-president, Products. "Michael is an industry veteran with a strong track record and a proven reputation. As a member of our executive management team, Michael will help drive our top-level market-focused teams towards further growth, success, and innovation in key opportunity areas of financial performance management."

Prior to joining Applix in 2004, Mr. Morrison held various positions at Cognos, including vice president of enterprise planning operations, vice president of finance and administration, and corporate counsel. During his 11-year tenure with Cognos, he also led the Cognos financial applications business unit, helping pioneer the business and increase sales. Prior to joining Cognos in 1993, Mr. Morrison worked for NYNEX (now Verizon) as a senior attorney.

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 http://www.cognos.com.

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