DENVER, Feb. 8 -- Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced that Richard Cantin (45) has been named regional president of Qwest's Internet and multimedia services. He will be responsible for establishing strategic partnerships and alliances that will leverage Qwest's new 4,300-mile high-speed, fiber optic broadband Internet network in Canada.
Prior to joining Qwest, Cantin was vice president of marketing for UUNET, an MCI WorldCom Company, in Canada. As vice president, Cantin led the effective marketing strategies and plans that contributed to an increase in company revenue by over 100 percent. He was also responsible for creating UUNET's business plan and played a critical role in improving lead generation from under 1,000 in 1997 to over 14,000 in 1999.
"With our Canadian network in place, Qwest required a solid marketing executive who not only understood the broadband Internet communications industry but who was also familiar with the Canadian technology marketplace," said Lew Wilks, president of IP and multimedia markets. "Richard will direct our aggressive rollout of services and help identify strategic alliances that will help accelerate Qwest's ability to penetrate the market."
Cantin will play a crucial role in establishing Qwest offices in key Canadian markets. He will report to Wilks and will be based in Toronto.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 24,500 miles in North America. In addition, KPNQwest (Nasdaq: KQIP), Qwest's European joint venture with KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company, is building and will operate a high-capacity European fiber optic, Internet-based network that will span 9,150 miles when it is completed in 2001. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
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