Denver, December 4, 2006 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced the appointment of David H. Gibson as the company's state president in Montana.

Prior to joining Qwest, Gibson was associate commissioner of higher education for the Montana University System. Previously, he was Montana's first chief business development officer and led the state's office of economic development. Earlier, Gibson was a senior executive at Weyerhaeuser, where he held several leadership roles, including general manager and president of a business unit. He started his career at Frito-Lay after serving as a captain in the U.S. Army Rangers.

"Dave has provided outstanding leadership throughout his career," said Steve Davis, Qwest senior vice president for policy and law." His extensive public service, corporate and military background and firsthand knowledge of the issues that are important to the people of Montana make him an ideal choice to lead our team there."

Gibson, who was raised in Kalispell, Mont., earned a B.A. in applied mathematics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. in finance and operations from Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business. He and his family now live in Helena.

Gibson succeeds Rick Hays, who retired last month after working at Qwest and its predecessor companies for more than 30 years.

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