Qwest Communications Names New President and Chief Operating Officer And Chief Financial Officer

Afshin Mohebbi is Appointed President & Chief Operating Officer;

Robin Szeliga Promoted to Executive Vice President And

Chief Financial Officer - She was Interim CFO



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Qwest Communications International Inc.

    DENVER, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Qwest Communications International Inc.
 (NYSE:   Q) Chairman and CEO Joseph P. Nacchio announced that the board of
 directors today appointed Afshin Mohebbi Qwest president and chief operating
 officer.  Nacchio said the board also promoted Robin R. Szeliga to executive
 vice president and chief financial officer of Qwest.
     In his new assignment, Mohebbi will have day-to-day responsibility for
 operations of the company.  He also will chair the Qwest Operations Council of
 senior leaders of the business and assume new responsibility for information
 technology and international operations.  The leaders of Qwest's business
 units are accountable to Mohebbi in his role as chair of the Operations
 Council.  Mohebbi will retain his worldwide operations responsibilities for
 Qwest's global broadband Internet local and long distance networks; sales of
 network services to wholesale customers; communications services and product
 management; and network engineering.
     "Afshin and his team have been focused since last summer on achieving the
 best residential service results in up to seven years as well as positioning
 Qwest to re-enter the long-distance business in the 14 states where we provide
 local telephone service," said Nacchio.  "Afshin's new role will allow me to
 spend more time focused on overall corporate performance and long-term
 strategy."
     Regarding Szeliga, Nacchio said, "Robin brings to her new role an ideal
 combination of in depth knowledge of Qwest's operational and financial drivers
 along with extensive experience in the wide range of disciplines required for
 success as a CFO.  She is ready now to take on more responsibility as CFO
 while helping me and our board map the financial plan for our future."
     Mohebbi joined Qwest in May 1999 to be president and COO.  When Qwest
 acquired U S WEST June 30, 2000, Mohebbi shifted his focus to being president
 of worldwide operations.  Mohebbi joined Qwest from British Telecommunications
 and earlier Pacific Bell and SBC Corporation.  At British Telecommunications
 he was president and managing director of United Kingdom markets, an
 $18 billion business unit serving 20 million consumers and 1.5 million
 businesses in the UK.
     Szeliga joined Qwest in 1998 as vice president of finance.  She was named
 a senior vice president in finance in 1999 and interim CFO in March 2001.
 Before Qwest, she held various executive financial management assignments in
 the cable industry for more than 10 years.
 
     About Qwest
     Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:   Q) is a leader in reliable,
 scalable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image
 communications for businesses and consumers.  The Qwest Macro Capacity(R)
 Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed
 and efficiency, spans more than 104,000 miles globally.  For more information,
 please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
 
     This release may contain projections and other forward-looking statements
 that involve risks and uncertainties.  These statements may differ materially
 from actual future events or results.  Readers are referred to the documents
 filed by Qwest with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the
 most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause
 actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking
 statements, including potential fluctuations in quarterly results, volatility
 of Qwest's stock price, intense competition in the communications services
 market, changes in demand for Qwest's products and services, dependence on new
 product development and acceleration of the deployment of advanced new
 services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services, which could
 require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources in excess of
 contemplated levels, higher than anticipated employee levels, capital
 expenditures and operating expenses, rapid and significant changes in
 technology and markets, adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative
 environment affecting Qwest's business and delays in Qwest's ability to
 provide interLATA services within its 14-state local service territory,
 failure to maintain rights of way, and failure to achieve the projected
 synergies and financial results expected to result from the acquisition of U S
 WEST timely or at all and difficulties in combining the operations of Qwest
 and U S WEST.  This release may include analysts' estimates and other
 information prepared by third parties for which Qwest assumes no
 responsibility.  Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts'
 expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-
 looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or
 to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
     The Qwest logo is a registered trademark of, and CyberCenter is a service
 mark of, Qwest Communications International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other
 countries.
 
 

SOURCE Qwest Communications International Inc.
    DENVER, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Qwest Communications International Inc.
 (NYSE:   Q) Chairman and CEO Joseph P. Nacchio announced that the board of
 directors today appointed Afshin Mohebbi Qwest president and chief operating
 officer.  Nacchio said the board also promoted Robin R. Szeliga to executive
 vice president and chief financial officer of Qwest.
     In his new assignment, Mohebbi will have day-to-day responsibility for
 operations of the company.  He also will chair the Qwest Operations Council of
 senior leaders of the business and assume new responsibility for information
 technology and international operations.  The leaders of Qwest's business
 units are accountable to Mohebbi in his role as chair of the Operations
 Council.  Mohebbi will retain his worldwide operations responsibilities for
 Qwest's global broadband Internet local and long distance networks; sales of
 network services to wholesale customers; communications services and product
 management; and network engineering.
     "Afshin and his team have been focused since last summer on achieving the
 best residential service results in up to seven years as well as positioning
 Qwest to re-enter the long-distance business in the 14 states where we provide
 local telephone service," said Nacchio.  "Afshin's new role will allow me to
 spend more time focused on overall corporate performance and long-term
 strategy."
     Regarding Szeliga, Nacchio said, "Robin brings to her new role an ideal
 combination of in depth knowledge of Qwest's operational and financial drivers
 along with extensive experience in the wide range of disciplines required for
 success as a CFO.  She is ready now to take on more responsibility as CFO
 while helping me and our board map the financial plan for our future."
     Mohebbi joined Qwest in May 1999 to be president and COO.  When Qwest
 acquired U S WEST June 30, 2000, Mohebbi shifted his focus to being president
 of worldwide operations.  Mohebbi joined Qwest from British Telecommunications
 and earlier Pacific Bell and SBC Corporation.  At British Telecommunications
 he was president and managing director of United Kingdom markets, an
 $18 billion business unit serving 20 million consumers and 1.5 million
 businesses in the UK.
     Szeliga joined Qwest in 1998 as vice president of finance.  She was named
 a senior vice president in finance in 1999 and interim CFO in March 2001.
 Before Qwest, she held various executive financial management assignments in
 the cable industry for more than 10 years.
 
     About Qwest
     Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:   Q) is a leader in reliable,
 scalable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image
 communications for businesses and consumers.  The Qwest Macro Capacity(R)
 Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed
 and efficiency, spans more than 104,000 miles globally.  For more information,
 please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
 
     This release may contain projections and other forward-looking statements
 that involve risks and uncertainties.  These statements may differ materially
 from actual future events or results.  Readers are referred to the documents
 filed by Qwest with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the
 most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause
 actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking
 statements, including potential fluctuations in quarterly results, volatility
 of Qwest's stock price, intense competition in the communications services
 market, changes in demand for Qwest's products and services, dependence on new
 product development and acceleration of the deployment of advanced new
 services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services, which could
 require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources in excess of
 contemplated levels, higher than anticipated employee levels, capital
 expenditures and operating expenses, rapid and significant changes in
 technology and markets, adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative
 environment affecting Qwest's business and delays in Qwest's ability to
 provide interLATA services within its 14-state local service territory,
 failure to maintain rights of way, and failure to achieve the projected
 synergies and financial results expected to result from the acquisition of U S
 WEST timely or at all and difficulties in combining the operations of Qwest
 and U S WEST.  This release may include analysts' estimates and other
 information prepared by third parties for which Qwest assumes no
 responsibility.  Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts'
 expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-
 looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or
 to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
     The Qwest logo is a registered trademark of, and CyberCenter is a service
 mark of, Qwest Communications International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other
 countries.
 
 SOURCE  Qwest Communications International Inc.