Leslie (Les) Rechan joined the CognitiveScale board in 2015 and is Halogen Software’s President & CEO, since July 2015. Les oversees Halogen’s strategic direction and growth as a global talent management leader for the mid-enterprise. Les brings tremendous experience to CognitiveScale, having led fast-growth B2B software and analytics companies for over thirty years.
Les is the former General Manager (GM) of the IBM Business Analytics Division within IBM Software Group, where he retired in April 2014. 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 focused on Business Intelligence, Predictive Analytics, Financial Analytics and Risk Analytics. Over the course of seven years in the division, Les and his global team integrated 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 key focus area for IBM with over $20B in revenues.
Prior to joining IBM, Les was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Cognos and held a variety of global executive roles with Oracle, Siebel Systems, Cadence Designs Systems, Onyx Software and IBM. As COO of Cognos, 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. Cognos was acquired by IBM in 2008, and still is IBM’s largest acquisition ever.
Les also serves on the Board of Directors for PROS Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PRO), a publicly traded software and services company, and Halogen Software (TSX:HGN). He is also an Executive Fellow for Mistral Venture Partners, a Venture Capital firm based in Ottawa, Canada.
Les 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.