Qwest Hires Larry Seese, AT&T Vice President of Network Operations, and Brij Khandelwal, Lucent Technologies Network Systems CIO and VP

DENVER -- Qwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) today announced the appointment of Larry Seese as Qwest's new executive vice president of Network Engineering and Operations. The appointment follows Seese's 29 years of service at AT&T where he was most recently responsible for the communications giant's network as vice president of Network Operations.

Qwest also announced the addition of Brij Khandelwal as executive vice president and chief information officer. Khandelwal was previously vice president and CIO at Lucent Technologies Network Systems where he was responsible for providing leading edge information technology solutions across the globe. In his new role, Khandelwal will lead the Qwest information technology vision of delivering products and services to Qwest's customers with clarity and simplicity.

"We are delighted to bring this top-tier technical and managerial talent to Qwest," said Joseph P. Nacchio, president and CEO of Qwest. "Larry's experience in designing and managing large-scale communications networks will contribute significantly to Qwest's current efforts to create the multimedia communications network for the 21st century. Likewise, Brij brings the global information technology know-how necessary for Qwest to fully execute on its business strategies. With this kind of technical expertise, Qwest continues to move closer to its goal of delivering data and images for its customers as easily as voice."

Both executives will join Nacchio; Nayel Shafei, executive vice president of product development; and Richard T. Liebhaber, Qwest Board of Directors, as members of Qwest's Office of Technology Planning.

Prior to joining Qwest, Seese was responsible for managing the operations, reliability and cost performance of AT&T's voice and data networks. Seese brings Qwest experience in every aspect of network planning, development, certification and deployment. During his tenure at AT&T, Seese worked on development of advanced switching systems as well as the development of lightwave systems. Seese received a B.S. from the University of Kentucky, and an M.S. from Columbia University, both in electrical engineering. He also earned an M.S. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Khandelwal has over 25 years of information technology and engineering experience. Prior to Lucent Technologies he was director of systems development for GE Aerospace/Martin Marietta. Brij has extensive background in the development and deployment of a wide range of information technologies and leveraging them to create operational excellence and enable business imperatives. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, an M.S. from the University of Nebraska, and a B.S. from the University of Roorkee, Roorkee, India, all in electrical engineering.

About Qwest Qwest Communications International, Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) is a multimedia communications company building a high-capacity, fiber optic network for the 21st century. Qwest's planned domestic network will connect 125 cities, which represent approximately 80 percent of the data and voice traffic originating in the United States, upon its completion in the second quarter of 1999. Qwest is also extending its network 1,400 miles into Mexico with completion slated for late third quarter 1998. With its cutting-edge technology, Qwest will deliver high-quality voice, data and video connectivity securely and reliably to businesses, consumers and other communications service providers.

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