DENVER, Jan. 12, 2009 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that Frank P. Popoff  will not seek re-election to its board of directors at the 2009 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in May. Popoff, 73, the former chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical Company, has served on Qwest’s board of directors since 2000 and served as a director for U S West, Inc. from 1993 to the time of the merger with Qwest in June 2000. Popoff also served as the lead director during his tenure with Qwest.

 “On behalf of the entire board and the employees of Qwest, I want to thank Frank for his tireless work over the years on behalf of the company,” said Edward A. Mueller, Qwest chairman and CEO. “We will miss his experience, insight, dedication and guidance, and we wish him all the best.”
Said Popoff: “I am confident that the Qwest board of directors and senior management team have the right strategy in place to successfully lead Qwest through these tough economic times. I have enjoyed working with the talented team at Qwest over the years, and I look forward to following the company’s progress as it continues to execute on its strategies for growth.”

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