DES MOINES, IOWA, Aug. 12, 2008 — Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q) today announced that current Iowa Qwest President Max Phillips will also take over the South Dakota state president position. Larry Toll, Qwest's South Dakota president since 1996, will retire from the company on Aug. 31. Phillips will then oversee Qwest's operations in both states.
Phillips has been with Qwest for the past 30 years and has a history of local community involvement, currently serving on a number of boards and committees. He is currently the chairman of the Iowa Business Council, which represents Iowa's 22 largest businesses. Phillips also co-chairs the Iowa Institute for Tomorrow's Workforce and has been appointed to a second term by Governor Culver to the Iowa Board of Education.
"South Dakota and Iowa share much more than just a contiguous border stretch. They share values and visions that make the heartland a great place to live, work and raise families," said Phillips. "I look forward to engaging with South Dakota business and political leaders on the myriad ways Qwest can help build even greater opportunities for the state and its residents to grow into a prosperous future."
In his local community, Phillips was elected to three terms as mayor of Bouton, Iowa, from 1981 to 1986, and served three terms as President of the Woodward-Granger Community Schools board of directors from 1995 to 2005.
As Qwest's president in South Dakota, Phillips will work closely with the governor, state and federal legislators and their staffs, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and various other community leaders to implement corporate strategies throughout the state.
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