Prior to joining Cognitive Scale as a Board Advisor, Leslie (Les) Rechan was General Manager, Business Analytics for IBM Software Group.
He retired from IBM in April 2014 after 30 years in the enterprise technology solutions industry.
In his GM role, Mr. Rechan led the strategic vision, innovation, growth and day-to-day operations of this key software division.
Encompassing a wide range of analytic capabilities, the division focuses on Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics, Performance Management and Risk Analytics, and includes assets and technologies from the acquisitions of Cognos
, SPSS, Applix, Clarity Systems, Varicent, Star Analytics, Open Pages and Algorithmics.
Prior to taking on the GM role in late 2011, Mr. Rechan was Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Solutions and Services for IBM Software Group's Business Analytics division.
In this capacity, he
oversaw every aspect of the client engagement from solution development to marketing, sales and delivery to channel and client support.
Business Analytics division achieved double-digit growth further establishing IBM
as the industry leader in the field of Big Data, Information and Analytics, a focus area IBM will grow to $20B by 2015.
Prior to re-joining IBM in 2008 through its largest acquisition ever of Cognos, Mr. Rechan was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Cognos.
As COO, Les directed the company's go-to-market strategy and was instrumental in helping Cognos maximize shareowner value and become a global leader in enterprise Business Intelligence and Performance Management solutions.
Prior to this leadership post, Mr. Rechan held a variety of global executive roles with Oracle (SVP of Global CRM Strategy); Siebel Systems (SVP & GM of Americas and Global Manufacturing & Distribution Industries); Cadence Designs Systems (SVP of North American Operations); Onyx Software (COO); and IBM (GM of Asia Pacific Communications Sector and Travel and Transportation Industries).
Mr. Rechan holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Behavior and Management from Brown University and a Masters in Management from Northwestern University's Kellogg Business School.
Les lives in Ottawa, Canada with his
wife and five teenage children.
enjoys golf, fitness, yoga , ice hockey, and skiing.