Cenovus appoints Jonathan McKenzie as Chief Financial Officer

CALGARY, Alberta, April 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) (NYSE:CVE) today announced the appointment of Jonathan McKenzie as the company’s next Chief Financial Officer.  He will replace Ivor Ruste who, as previously announced, will retire on April 30, 2018.

“We’re pleased to have Jon join Cenovus. His broad experience in the energy industry will be an asset to the company as we continue to focus on strengthening our balance sheet and lowering our cost structure,” said Alex Pourbaix, Cenovus President & Chief Executive Officer. “I want to thank Ivor for his guidance and leadership in his role as Chief Financial Officer and for his significant contribution to establishing and building Cenovus. On behalf of the company, I wish him all the best in his retirement.”

McKenzie comes to Cenovus from Husky Energy Inc. where he has been Chief Financial Officer since 2015. Previously, he worked at Irving Oil Ltd. in the roles of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Commercial Officer, where he was responsible for all supply, trading and commercial aspects for the company including coordinating business development projects involving pipelines, rail and terminal operations. Prior to Irving, McKenzie worked for 10 years at Suncor Energy Inc. where he held increasingly senior roles in finance and operations.

“I’m excited to be joining the Cenovus team. It’s a company that has a great opportunity to deliver increasing value to shareholders,” said McKenzie. “I look forward to bringing the financial, commercial and operating experience from my previous roles to help the company achieve its full potential.”

McKenzie is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Alberta.


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Cenovus Energy Inc.
Cenovus Energy Inc. is a Canadian integrated oil and natural gas company. It is committed to maximizing value by responsibly developing its assets in a safe, innovative and efficient way. Operations include oil sands projects in northern Alberta, which use specialized methods to drill and pump the oil to the surface, and established natural gas and oil production in Alberta and British Columbia. The company also has 50% ownership in two U.S. refineries. Cenovus shares trade under the symbol CVE, and are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges. For more information, visit cenovus.com.

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