DENVER, March 13, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q) today announced that Joseph P. Nacchio, Qwest chairman and CEO, has taken over the role of chairman of President George W. Bush?s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). The committee appointment does not affect Nacchio?s leadership role at Qwest.

The NSTAC is a group of 30 telecommunications and technology industry CEOs that advises the president and other key government leaders or officials in meetings held several times annually. Nacchio was selected as vice chairman of the committee in 2001 and was elevated to the role of chairman today in a conference at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.

In its advisory role to the president, the NSTAC provides industry-based analysis and recommendations on a wide range of policy and technical issues related to telecommunications, information assurance, infrastructure protection and other national security and emergency preparedness concerns. The NSTAC is composed of CEOs from the high-tech communications and defense industries.

?I?m extremely honored to serve on this important committee with my colleagues,? said Nacchio. ?We all take seriously our role of providing the White House with the best advice on how to guard our nation?s vital communications infrastructure and other critical data.?

Nacchio also stressed that his role on the NSTAC would not interfere with his primary duties as chairman and CEO of Qwest. ?My top priority is, and will continue to be, creating value for Qwest shareholders and continuing to provide industry-leading communications services to our customers.?

Since Joining Qwest in 1997, Nacchio has helped Qwest build one of the world?s most advanced broadband networks. He has led Qwest through a successful public stock offering and seven other acquisitions, including US West in June 2000. Prior to joining Qwest, Nacchio was an executive at AT&T Corp. where he directed AT&T's two largest businesses ? the commercial and consumer long-distance services units. Nacchio earned a master of science degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Sloan Fellows Program. He also received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from New York University.

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