DENVER, June 8, 2006 - Qwest Communications International, Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that Neil E. Cox has been appointed vice president of central-region retail enterprise sales for the business markets group, effective June 15. Cox will report to Tom Richards, executive vice president of business markets group for Qwest.

Cox has almost 35 years of professional experience in the telecommunications industry including key roles at MK Capital, a leading venture capital firm; Science Applications International Corporation, one of the nation's largest employee-owned research and engineering firms; Ameritech, Ameritech Cellular, Bell Communications Research and Indiana Bell.

"Neil Cox has developed and managed large, successful information technology-based businesses around the world, and his experience will be invaluable to Qwest business customers," said Richards. "As a well-respected industry leader, Neil is a perfect fit to lead Qwest in continuing to provide superior customer service to business customers."

Cox earned a bachelor's of science in electrical engineering technology at Purdue University. He is an Indiana native, and Cox and his wife live in North Barrington, Illinois. Neil will work in Qwest's Chicago office.

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