Annette Jacobs Named Qwest Leader Of Wireless Business, Replacing Peter Mannetti

Denver, April 23, 2001 ? Qwest Communications Chairman and CEO Joseph P. Nacchio today named Annette Jacobs executive vice president of Qwest and president of Qwest Wireless, the company?s wireless voice and data phone business operating in 12 Western states. She was president, Great Lakes Area for Verizon Wireless based in Chicago, Illinois. Jacobs replaces Peter Mannetti who is leaving Qwest to pursue other interests.

?Annette has extensive experience in the wireless communications industry, and an excellent track record as an executive who delivers results while focusing on operational and strategic priorities. She is a great addition to the strong Qwest management team,? said Nacchio. Jacobs will be based in Denver and report to Nacchio.

At Verizon, Jacobs had responsibility for 5,000 employees and revenues of more than $2.8 billion from five million customers. Her role also included the integration of five legacy wireless companies including GTE Wireless, Ameritech Cellular, AirTouch, Primeco, and Alltel.

She has 21 years of leadership experience in operations, sales, marketing, and general management at Verizon, GTE, Contel, and AT&T. Jacobs holds a bachelor of science degree in business management from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida.

Regarding Mannetti, Nacchio said: ?Peter has been a valued member of the Qwest team. He has contributed to building a new wireless business. We wish him much success in the future.?

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