DENVER, Sept. 17, 2007 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced the appointment of Rahn K. Porter as senior vice president of investor relations, effective today. He replaces Stephanie G. Comfort, who recently was named the company's senior vice president of corporate strategy. Porter will report to John W. Richardson, Qwest executive vice president and chief financial officer.
In his new role, Porter will be responsible for developing, managing and executing Qwest's investor relations program. Porter has more than 30 years of industry experience and most recently served as Qwest's vice president of finance-treasury. In that role, he managed strategic relationships with financial institutions and credit rating agencies and played a key role in the transformation of the company's capital structure.
"We are very pleased to announce Rahn's appointment to this key leadership position," Richardson said. "His extensive understanding of Qwest's financial and operational position will serve us well as we continue to enhance existing, and develop new, relationships with our shareholders and the investment community."
Porter began his career with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1974. From 1989-2000, he held a number of key financial positions with U S WEST, Inc. and MediaOne Group, Inc. He also served as chief financial officer for Nupremis, Inc., a private managed-services company, and for Telenet, Inc., a Belgium-based telecommunications company.
Porter is a member of the board of directors of the Japan Equity Fund, Inc., the Singapore Fund, Inc., the Thai Capital Fund, Inc. and BlackRidge Financial, Inc. He holds a master's degree in business administration from Ecole Superieure de Commerce (Rouen, France) and a master of science in management from Purdue University.
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