Robert Ashe, is the former President and CEO of Cognos Inc., having joined the Company in 1984. He was appointed President in 2002, and CEO in 2004, and held both roles until IBM acquired the company in 2007 for $4.9 billion, IBM’s largest software acquisition to date. From 2010 until 2012, he served as IBM’s General Manager of Business Analytics. Prior to becoming President and CEO of Cognos, Robert held several senior executive roles at the company including Senior Vice President of Application Development Tools, Senior Vice President of Products, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Customer Services, Chief Corporate Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
Robert is a director of MSCI Inc. and Shopify. He has been a Member of the Technology Advisory Board of Bridge Growth Partners LLC as well as an advisor to Mistral Venture Partners. He holds Bachelor of Commerce in accounting from University of Ottawa and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.