Rob Ashe The University of Ottawa honoured eight renowned individuals with Honorary Doctorates at this year’s spring convocation ceremonies.

Rob Ashe (BCom 1982), alumnus of the Telfer School of Management was among the recipients.

About Rob Ashe

Rob Ashe earned a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management in 1982.

He received the Trudeau Medal in 2000. Established in honour of Reverend Father Roland Trudeau, OMI, former director of the University's Commerce department from 1950 to 1965, the Trudeau Medal is the highest honour given by the Telfer School of Management to its alumni. It recognizes leadership, initiative and contributions to the business world, the community and their alma mater.

Rob has actively supported the Dean and the Telfer School with advice on strategic direction and key relationships as a member of the advisory board since 2004.
A veteran of the business intelligence and performance management industries, Rob Ashe has spent most of the past twenty-five years working with Global 3500 enterprises to help enable effective decision-making and drive higher performance in their organizations.

Mr. Ashe is responsible for the strategic vision, direction and day-to-day operations of the Business Intelligence and Performance Management segment within the Information Management division of IBM’s software group. He is a principal architect and evangelist of the company’s vision for performance management, and is a driving force behind the implementation of a performance management strategy at IBM.

Mr. Ashe joined Cognos, which was acquired by IBM in January of 2008, in 1984. During his tenure he served in numerous senior executive positions, including chief executive officer, chief operating officer, chief corporate officer, chief financial officer, senior vice president of research and development, and senior vice president of global customer services.

His senior leadership contributed to the growth of Cognos revenue by more than 355% and the transformation of Cognos from a specialized tools provider into a world-leading business intelligence and performance management company. This leadership continues at IBM as he directs the BI and Performance Management segment in delivering solutions that let corporations improve and manage business performance by enabling better decision-making across all of the key steps in the management cycle – from planning and budgeting, to measuring and monitoring, to reporting and analysis of performance.

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