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Qwest Announces Key Leadership Changes


Barry Allen to retire as head of operations; Robert Tregemba to lead network operations

DENVER,- Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) announced today that Barry K. Allen, executive vice president of operations, will retire from the company, effective June 29, and that Robert D. Tregemba, currently vice president of network operations and engineering, will assume the new role of executive vice president of network operations.

“As key and highly experienced members of the senior management team, Barry and Bob have brought strong depth and leadership skills that will continue to drive Qwest’s solid performance and reputation as a leading national communications provider,” said Richard C. Notebaert, Qwest chairman and chief executive officer. “While I will truly miss Barry and his passion to deliver sustained value to our customers while improving productivity, I look forward to working closer with Bob.”

Barry Allen said: “It is now time to close this chapter of my career with Qwest as I have decided to spend more time with my family. Over the years, we have focused on building a strong executive bench and I am confident Bob will continue to take the Spirit of Service even further down the road and deliver on the promise to our customers.”

Tregemba, who will report to Notebaert, has served as head of network operations since 2004. “It is a privilege to assume this new role,” he said, “and while I will never forget what Barry and his leadership have meant to this company and me, I look forward to more opportunities to serve the customer in this position.”

In another change, Qwest announced that Girish Varma, vice president and chief information officer, will report to Dan Yost, executive vice president of product management. Also, Pieter Poll, vice president and chief technology officer, will report to Tregemba. Both Varma and Poll currently report to Allen and their new reporting structure is effective June 29.


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