Qwest Announces New Assistant Vice President In Arizona

PHOENIX, January 23, 2003 - Qwest Communications International Inc. today announced that David Ziegler has been named assistant vice president for Qwest in Arizona. Ziegler will report to Patrick J. Quinn, Qwest president for Arizona. His broad responsibilities include regulatory and legislative policy and representing Qwest?s vision and values in the state.

"We are pleased to have David's solid telecommunications background helping to lead Qwest in the Grand Canyon State," said Quinn. "He provides the perspective and experience needed to fulfill Qwest's commitment to the Spirit of Service."

Ziegler's 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry began at Southwestern Bell while attending college. He graduated summa cum laude from Columbia College and holds a BS degree in Business Administration. After joining Southwestern Bell, he transferred to Consumer Markets at Mountain Bell. Most recently, he served as a regional director with responsibility for regulatory, legislative and political activities in Qwest's 14 state territory. He and his wife Sherry and two sons, Ryan and Jordan, recently relocated to the Phoenix area.

Quinn also announced Jeff Mirasola has been named manager of public relations for Qwest in Arizona and New Mexico, replacing Mark Genrich. Genrich will now serve in a different capacity as director of Arizona affairs. In that role, he will focus on Qwest?s strategic plan in the state and internal communications.

Mirasola was a television news anchor for nearly 20 years. Most recently, he served as executive director of Arizonans for Consumer Choice and Fair Competition. An award-winning reporter, he covered the Oklahoma State legislature for a number of years and received several "Legislative Reporter of the Year" honors. Jeff and his wife Mary are both graduates of Arizona State University and have three children and live in Phoenix.

Genrich was an award-winning editor, editorial writer and columnist with The Phoenix Gazette and Arizona Republic for more than 20 years before being named director of the Warne Center for regulatory accountability at the Goldwater Institute in 1999. He joined Qwest in October, 2000, serving as a public relations director for Qwest in Arizona and New Mexico. A 1985 Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, he also attended both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy War Colleges, and covered U.S.-Soviet Arms Control Talks in Geneva, Switzerland. He was one of 24 Americans selected by the European Community to participate in a work/study grant in Brussels, Belgium; Strasbourg, France; and London, England studying issues of cross-border crime and juvenile justice. He and his wife Allison have three grown children, and twin granddaughters.

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