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General Manager, Business Analytics

IBM Corporation

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IBM Corporation

1 New Orchard Road

Armonk, New York 10504

United States

Company Description

IBM is a globally integrated technology and consulting company headquartered in Armonk, N.Y. With operations in more than 170 countries, IBM attracts and retains some of the world's most talented people to help solve problems and provide an edge for busin ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Vice President, Sales, Solutions and Services, Business Analytics Division

IBM Corporation

Executive

Detente Inc

Affiliations

Board Advisor
Cognitive Scale

Board Member
Deborah Besemer

Education

B.S.

Electrical Engineering

Northwestern University

Bachelor of Science

Electrical Engineering

Brown University

M.A.

management

Northwestern University

Masters

Management

Northwestern University's Kellogg Business School

master

management

Kellogg School

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"IBM sees an enormous opportunity for our clients to apply Star Analytics to the information they have stored in their financial applications," said Leslie J Rechan, General Manager, IBM Business Analytics.


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Les Rechan, the general manager of business analytics at IBM, said the Varicent purchase would advance Blue's efforts to get analytics into the hands of front-line employees in the name of improving the bottom line.


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"IBM sees an enormous opportunity for our clients to apply Star Analytics to the information they have stored in their financial applications," said Leslie J Rechan, General Manager, IBM Business Analytics.


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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. During his tenure, IBM's 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. Les enjoys golf, fitness, yoga , ice hockey, and skiing.


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Austin, TX - June 10 2015 -(CognitiveScale™), the Cognitive Cloud™ company, today announced the appointment of Leslie (Les) Rechan to its Board of Directors. Mr. Rechan is a proven technology and business executive that brings more than 30 years of global, multi-functional experience in large, complex organizations as well as smaller to mid-size entrepreneurial environments.

Mr. Rechan's expertise will further CognitiveScale's development of cognitive analytics powered applications and insights that continuously learn, delivering more value to businesses with every user interaction. Additionally, Mr. Rechan will play an instrumental role as CognitiveScale continues to foster its strong partnerships with IBM Watson, IBM Bluemix, Amazon, and Deloitte.
Mr. Rechan has a breadth of experience working in successful industry leading software companies such as IBM, Cognos, Oracle, Siebel Systems, Cadence Design Systems and Onyx Software. Over the years, Mr. Rechan has developed expertise in analytics, mobile, social, cloud and business-oriented IT solutions. He also serves on the boards of Pros Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:PRO) and Halogen Software (TSX: HGN).
"Cognitive computing is the new foundation of data, insights, and learning driven digital businesses. CognitiveScale has figured out a way to rapidly weave real-time big data insights and continuous learning into core industries and business processes. This is no easy feat and its massive disruptive potential and client and partner traction is what inspired me to join the Board," said Mr. Rechan.
Most recently, Mr. Rechan was general manager, Business Analytics for IBM Software Group where he effectively led the vision, innovation, growth, and daily operations of the division responsible for business intelligence, predictive analytics, financial performance management, and risk analytics. He retired from IBM in April 2014.
Prior to this role, Mr. Rechan was vice president, 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. During his tenure, IBM's Business Analytics division achieved double-digit growth further establishing IBM as the industry leader in the fields of big data, information and analytics.
"Les is a world-class business builder.
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Mr. Rechan has effectively integrated several strategic acquisitions at IBM and Cognos. These include SPSS, Algorithmics, Varicent, Applix, Star Analytics and Clarity Systems. He was the COO of Cognos, a global leader in enterprise business intelligence software, when IBM acquired the company in 2008 for $5B, IBM's largest acquisition ever. At Cognos, Les directed the company's go-to-market strategy and execution and helped the company break the $1B annual revenue barrier.
Mr. Rechan has exceptional management and leadership skills, balancing strategic development and tactical performance, and can effectively communicate with clients, channel partners, employees and boards to rally support for the firm's vision and offerings. He has led and navigated the challenges of business turnarounds and complex go to market model transformations in both the mid enterprise and large corporate environments. He is a respected industry and analytics executive who has built a career based on strong values and integrity and commitment to clients, partners, employees and shareowner relationships.
Mr. Rechan earned 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.

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