Denver, October 19, 2006 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) announced today that Laura Sankey has been named executive vice president of marketing and communications. In her new role, Sankey will have responsibility for the company's marketing communications, product marketing, advertising and corporate communications. In addition, she will oversee brand management,market research, sponsorships, database management and Hispanic marketing.

"We are pleased to announce Laura's promotion to this newly established role,"; said Richard C. Notebaert, Qwest chairman and CEO. "Since arriving at Qwest earlier this year, Laura has had a tremendous impact on our ongoing efforts to promote the Qwest brand on both a national scale and in the hundreds of markets we serve in 14 states. We look forward to her continued success of effectivelydelivering the Spirit of Service message to our valued customers."

Prior to joining Qwest in February 2006 as vice president of marketing communications and advertising, Sankey served as vice president of marketing for Coors Brewing Company, where she was responsible for the company's portfolio brands, channel marketing, sponsorships and mega promotions, and marketing operations. Sankey also held a variety of other key leadership roles at Coors, worked in brand managementat Procter & Gamble, and served as a marketing consultant for Marketing Corporation of America.

Sankey holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Dartmouth College and a master's of management in marketing and strategy from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School ofManagement. She and her family reside in Golden, Colo.

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