Denver, Jan. 10, 2000--Qwest Communications International Inc. today named R. Steven Davis senior vice president of government affairs and senior associate general counsel. Davis was vice president of law and state government affairs at AT&T in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

Davis has been accountable at AT&T for regulatory, litigation, antitrust and marketing legal activities since he joined the company in 1981 after four years of private law practice in Kansas. He will direct Qwest's federal and state regulatory and legislative business from the Qwest offices in Arlington, VA and Denver. A key area of Davis' responsibility is the merger of Qwest with U S WEST, which is expected to close in mid-2000. He will report to Drake Tempest, Qwest executive vice president and general counsel.

"Steve is a seasoned attorney and executive who I personally recruited because of his demonstrated strategic thinking and aggressive marketing-orientation," said Joseph P. Nacchio, Qwest's chairman and CEO. "Steve will be a great addition to our management team focusing on the state and FCC approval of our merger with U S WEST."

Davis received his juris doctor and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the bar in Texas, Missouri, and Kansas.

Genny Morelli, Qwest's current senior vice president of government affairs, will leave the company Feb. 15 to pursue other opportunities in the Washington, DC area.

"Genny has made a substantial contribution to our company and, in particular, toward our goal of obtaining early Federal and state approval for the merger with U S WEST. We thank her and wish her much success, " said Drake Tempest.

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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.


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