Denver, June 6, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced that Tony Werner has been appointed executive vice president of strategic technology for Qwest. He will report to Afshin Mohebbi, Qwest president and COO.
?Tony brings a wealth of domestic and international experience to Qwest that will be invaluable to the company as we continue to expand our portfolio of broadband communications services,? said Mohebbi. ?Tony will oversee strategic technology planning and development in the 14 states where we provide local telephone service as well as in other markets across the U.S. and the world, where Qwest competes with incumbent communications providers. We are delighted to have him join the Qwest senior team.?
Werner was the Chief Technology Officer at AT&T Broadband and its predecessor, Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI), until November 2000, where he developed the company's technology strategy, including oversight of technology, engineering, technical operations and capital management. He was also instrumental in the rollout of digital television services, cable telephony and high-speed cable modem technology. Most recently, Werner was President and Chief Executive Officer of Aurora Networks, a networking company that develops scalable and fast optical transport systems.
Werner also brings vast international telecommunications experience to Qwest from his various positions with Rogers Communications and Hong Kong Cable Communications. He holds a degree in telecommunications from Dakota County College in Minnesota.
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