Alex Pourbaix was appointed president, CEO, and member of the board of directors at Cenovus, effective 6 November. He replaces Brian Ferguson, who will retire from that position on 2 November after 33 years at Cenovus and its predecessor companies. Pourbaix spent the past 27 years in a variety of leadership roles at TransCanada Corp. and its affiliates until he retired from that company in May. He is experienced in corporate strategy, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, trading and marketing, and stakeholder relations. He serves on the board of Trican Well Service and is past board chair for the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association. Pourbaix holds a bachelor of law degree and bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alberta.