DENVER, FEB. 7, 2006 ? Qwest Communications (NYSE:Q) announced that Laura Sankey has been appointed Vice President, Marketing Communications, effective Feb. 20. Sankey will be based in Denver, reporting directly to Richard C. Notebaert, Qwest?s Chairman and CEO.

?Laura is an outstanding leader and a proven marketing professional who will be a tremendous asset to the Qwest team as we move the business forward,? said Notebaert. ?We?re confident that Laura?s extensive experience will make her an ideal leader to guide the business on the next chapter of our brand journey.?

In her new role, Sankey will oversee and direct the company?s marketing communications, advertising, Hispanic marketing, and competitive intelligence and market research.

Sankey joins Qwest with significant professional experience in marketing and advertising. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Marketing for Coors Brewing Company, where she was responsible for the company?s portfolio brands, channel marketing, sponsorships and mega promotions, and marketing operations. Before that, she held a variety of other leadership roles at Coors, including corporate communications, market research and development, marketing quality, and brand management. Prior to joining Coors, Sankey worked in brand management at Procter & Gamble and served as a marketing consultant for Marketing Corporation of America.

Sankey received a BA in Psychology from Dartmouth, and a Masters of Management in Marketing and Strategy from Northwestern University?s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

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