Qwest Communications Cfo Robert Woodruff Announces Planned Retirement To Spend More Time With His Family

Denver, February 28, 2001 - Qwest Communications International Inc., the broadband Internet communications company, today said Robert S. Woodruff, executive vice president and chief financial officer, is retiring from Qwest on March 2 as planned to spend more time with his family.

Robin R. Szeliga, senior vice president of finance, will be the interim CFO while a search for a replacement continues. Szeliga joined Qwest in November 1997, and has been an integral part of Woodruff?s team and Qwest?s financial results. Prior to joining Qwest, Szeliga was a senior finance executive at Telecommunications Inc. (TCI).

Woodruff, who joined Qwest in 1994, told Qwest Chairman and CEO Joseph P. Nacchio and the board of directors last year that he expected to leave.

?Robert has been a valued colleague at Qwest helping us take the company public in 1997 and achieving15 consecutive quarters of excellent results,? Nacchio said. ?I also want to thank Robert for staying as long as he has to help us have a good start for meeting 2001 financial targets. The Qwest board of directors and I thank him for his many contributions and wish him and his family the best.?

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