Isbell joins Cognian from Microsoft where he was most recently leading strategic relationships with global Capital Markets, Investment and Wealth clients. Prior to Microsoft Isbell worked in leadership and growth roles at HPE and IBM.
Isbell’s appointment follows Rebekah Edwards joining the Cognian executive team as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel in 2019. Edwards has significant experience in the legal and financial services sectors, having worked at Goldman Sachs and Clifford Chance, in London and King & Wood Mallesons and JPMorgan in Sydney.
“We are delighted to welcome James to the Cognian leadership team,” said Mark Blum, Co-founder and CEO of Cognian.
“James joins us at the perfect time, spearheading our involvement in the RealTechX program and building relationships with key property and technology players as Cognian continues its expansion.”
“Cognian is one of the bright stars in the Australian innovation scene, recognising the huge opportunity to provide simple solutions to one of the world’s biggest problems,” said James Isbell, Chief Commercial Officer at Cognian. “I’m excited to lead the charge as Cognian scales globally. Having worked across multi-national technology companies, there is huge potential to transition Cognian into a cloud-first global player in the smart buildings space.”