DENVER, April 4, 2008 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) and its Board of Directors announced today that John W. Richardson, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will be leaving the company. Richardson, 63, will continue as CFO while Qwest conducts a search for a successor.

“We want to thank John for all of his hard work during the past five years,” said Edward A. Mueller, Qwest chairman and chief executive officer. “We believe that, in part due to John’s efforts, the company is on sound footing. We look forward to identifying the best candidate to replace John. In the meantime, we will continue to execute on our strategies.” 

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