Denver, May 1, 2000 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today named Christopher B. Coles (40) as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Qwest’s Internet and multimedia markets. Coles will report to Lewis O. Wilks, Qwest's president of Internet and multimedia markets, and be based at the company’s headquarters in Denver.
Coles joins Qwest from High Speed Access Corporation, where he was executive vice president and general manager of business markets and business development. Prior to recently joining High Speed Access, Coles was with AT&T Broadband (formerly Tele-Communications, Inc., or TCI) in Denver, where he was senior vice president & general manager of business sales and marketing.
Coles will direct the day-to-day operations of a Qwest business unit that is focused on delivering leading-edge Internet solutions including: electronic commerce and complex professional services; virtual private networking; and dedicated and remote Internet access. Qwest's Internet and data solutions continues to be one of the main drivers of the company's overall growth and last quarter Qwest became the third largest carrier of Internet traffic on a global basis.
"Chris has an extensive broadband and telecommunications background and is a proven strategist," said Wilks. "He is an important addition to our team and will help to focus our aggressive efforts to grow our leadership in the broadband applications and solutions services marketplace."
At AT&T, Coles was the leader of a group that developed and managed voice, data and video services to the business market. He was responsible for the private data networking business, launching IP and voice services to businesses over the cable infrastructure and growing segment revenues over 20 percent a year.
Coles was a U S WEST executive prior to joining AT&T/TCI. He held a variety of positions, including executive director of marketing and sales of the wireless services group and executive director and general manager of !nterprise Networking Services, a U S WEST Internet services business.
About Qwest 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 25,500 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 11,800 miles when it is completed in 2001. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
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