BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 11th, 2009 — Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q) today announced that North Dakota President Scott Macintosh will retire from the company on March 4. Macintosh has overseen Qwest’s operations as state president of North Dakota since 2000.

John Stanoch, currently Qwest’s Minnesota president, has been appointed to fill Macintosh’s position as North Dakota president and will oversee the company’s operations in North Dakota. Kent Blickensderfer, director of government affairs, has been promoted to vice president of North Dakota and will continue to lead operations in Bismarck for Qwest. 
 
“Scott’s many contributions to Qwest and the state of North Dakota over his 34-year career are an extraordinary accomplishment,” said Steve Davis, Qwest senior vice president of Public Policy. “This state’s been very fortunate to have someone as devoted and hard working as Scott. We wish him all the best as he retires.”
 
Macintosh joined Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1974 and worked in various positions in Fargo, Dickinson and Grand Forks. In 1993, he was promoted to regulatory affairs in Bismarck and became regulatory director in 1998. Upon the completion of the merger between US WEST and Qwest, Scott was appointed to state president in 2000.
 
As the company’s North Dakota president, Macintosh worked closely with federal, state and local elected and appointed officials, the North Dakota Public Service Commission and a range of other individuals and groups throughout the state to implement corporate strategies.

A native of Cando, North Dakota, Macintosh graduated from Valley City State College. He serves on the Board of Directors of the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Bismarck State College Foundation. Scott and his wife, Loree, have two adult children: Kelsee, an attorney in Fargo; and Dan, an accountant in Minneapolis.

 


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