Denver, December 16, 1998 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NASDAQ: QWST) today announced senior management changes to support its new relationship with Microsoft Corp.

Lewis O. Wilks has been named president of Qwest?s Internet and Multimedia Markets, reporting to Joseph P. Nacchio, Qwest president and CEO. Wilks, who was president of Qwest Business Markets, will lead a new organization whose focus will be developing Qwest electronic commerce and complex web hosting services; virtual private networking; and managed software services. A set of new services, built on the Microsoft Windows NT ® Server operating system and Qwest?s Internet Protocol ?based fiber optic network, were announced Monday, Dec. 14.

Wilks? new team will include six recently-hired vice presidents with Internet and other high technology experience. The new vice presidents are:

James L. Becker, formerly managing director of XDSL and international dial access for UUNet. Earlier he held a variety of assignments with GTE and Microsoft.

Greg P. Bell, formerly senior vice president of business development and marketing with VCON Inc., a start-up firm focused on digital video and Internet Protocol opportunities. Since 1989, Bell has been focused on developing business for start-up firms, including Compression Labs, Inc.; Scientific Atlanta.

John Charters, formerly vice president of Internet services and applications development for US WEST, where he held a variety of technology and sales assignments since 1992.

Maha S. Ibrahim, formerly a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group who has teaching experience in macroeconomics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

John Kirkpatrick, formerly vice president and general manager at Teligent. Earlier he was vice president of sales for ICGNetCom and a director of business strategy and development at AT&T and Lucent Technologies, and a sales leader at MCI.

Doug Stone, who has had a 20-year career of increasingly responsible assignments with new companies handling a wide variety of assignments from strategy to finance to Internet product development to president and CEO of a high-technology venture start-up.

Qwest also announced Joseph A. Lawrence, who joined LCI International Inc. in 1993 and Qwest last June as executive vice president of corporate development and chief administrative officer, has left Qwest to pursue other opportunities. Lawrence successfully led the effort to develop merger integration plans, including operational milestones and detailed synergy targets. "Joe Lawrence was extremely helpful with the merger of Qwest and LCI. We appreciate his contributions and wish him the best," Nacchio said.

Robert Woodruff, executive vice president of finance and CFO, is assuming responsibility for the integration of the operations and synergies for the Qwest acquisition of LCI. Jeff VonDeylen, Qwest vice president and corporate controller, has relocated to Denver from Virginia to assist Woodruff. VonDeylen was part of the LCI finance organization prior to the merger where he worked with Joe Lawrence.


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