PHOENIX, Nov. 27, 2007 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that NBA player and 2006-2007 “Sixth Man of the Year” award-winner Leandro Barbosa has agreed to serve as a Qwest spokesperson.
Barbosa, a guard for the Phoenix Suns who is also known as the “Brazilian Blur,” will showcase Qwest’s communications and entertainment services and highlight the company’s longstanding commitment to customers. As Qwest’s spokesperson, Barbosa will make special appearances at Qwest-sponsored cultural, retail and community events and represent Qwest in various advertising campaigns.
“Qwest is honored to work with Leandro; he is a talented ball player and a strong community ambassador with the kind of charisma we can all admire,” said Pat Quinn, president for Qwest in Arizona.
“I choose to work with Qwest because I believe in their commitment to keeping people connected to the people and things that are important to them,” said Barbosa. “Qwest is a solid corporate citizen, and I’m excited to work with them to support our communities.”
Barbosa is originally from Brazil and recently participated in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders Americas program in his native country. The program provides basketball instruction and supporting community outreach programs to children from more than 20 countries. In the 2006-2007 season, Barbosa posted career highs in scoring, assists, rebounds, steals and minutes played.
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