DENVER, Jan. 29, 2009 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) has named Vance “Todd” Townsend as vice president of marketing. He will oversee the company’s consumer marketing strategy and operations, including efforts to promote Qwest’s broadband, digital voice, wireless and video services.

Townsend, who joins the company on Feb. 3, and will be based in Denver, will report to Dan Yost, executive vice president of Qwest’s Mass Markets Organization. “Todd understands how to execute a robust and effective go-to-market effort,” Yost said. “But more importantly, he recognizes that all work at Qwest starts with perfecting the customer experience, and that’s the best foundation to have.”
Townsend most recently worked for Sonic Corp., where he served as the restaurant chain’s chief marketing officer. In that role, he led the company’s consumer advertising, field marketing and strategic planning efforts. Prior to joining Sonic, Townsend served as Yahoo’s vice president of sales and marketing for the online portal operator’s hosting and e-commerce services group. Additionally, he held various executive marketing roles for Sprint Corp.  Townsend also brings significant agency experience to Qwest, having supervised key accounts for Leo Burnett Worldwide, including Miller Brewing Company and The Pillsbury Company. He holds a master’s degree in Advertising from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Oklahoma State University.

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