Denver, April 12, 2001 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today named Clifford S. Holtz executive vice president of small business markets effective April 16. Holtz was a senior vice president at Gateway, Inc. and earlier he was with AT&T's business markets group.
With Holtz's arrival, Qwest will separate its small business unit from its consumer business in preparation for re-entering the long-distance business in 14 Western states. James A. Smith, an executive vice president, will continue to lead the Qwest consumer business.
"Cliff reported to me at AT&T and he has acquired a wealth of experience in the business market," said Joseph P. Nacchio, Qwest chairman and CEO. "His strategic and operational experience will be valuable to Qwest and our customers as he leads our marketing and sales efforts for local service and as we re-enter the long-distance business."
At Gateway, Holtz was accountable for the company's $5 billion in revenue from computer equipment sales to consumers and for leading a group of 12,000 employees. Before joining Gateway in early 2000, Holtz was with AT&T for 16 years in a variety of general management, operations, strategy, sales and marketing assignments. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the State University of New York in Albany.
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