DENVER, May 22, 2008 – Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced preliminary voting results following its annual shareholders’ meeting at the Denver Center for Performing Arts Complex. At the meeting, shareholders elected 13 directors, including Edward A. Mueller, Linda G. Alvarado, Charles L. Biggs, K. Dane Brooksher, Peter S. Hellman, R. David Hoover, Patrick J. Martin, Caroline Matthews, Wayne W. Murdy, Jan L. Murley, Frank P. Popoff, James A. Unruh, and Anthony Welters.
Shareholders also approved the ratification of KPMG LLP as our independent auditor for 2008, with 98 percent voting in favor.
In addition to the director election and the ratification of KPMG, results from the two shareholder-sponsored proposals are as follows:
  • A proposal requesting that the Board of Directors seek shareholder approval of future severance agreements with senior executives that would provide a total value exceeding 2.99 times the sum of an executive’s base salary plus target bonus was passed with 54 percent voting in favor, 45 percent voting against, and 1 percent abstaining.  
  •  A proposal requesting that the Board of Directors establish a policy of separating the roles of the Chairman of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer was rejected with 83 percent voting against, 16 voting in favor, and 1 percent abstaining.


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