Qwest Appoints Jerry Fenn President For Qwest In Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, September 4, 2003 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that Jerry Fenn has been appointed Qwest president for Utah. Fenn will assume his new role on October 1 and report to Steve Davis, Qwest senior vice president of public policy. Fenn?s broad responsibilities include representing Qwest?s vision and values in Utah ? its Spirit of Service ? and working with community, government and civic leaders throughout the state.

?Jerry?s extensive telecommunications and legal background, as well as his community involvement, make him an ideal choice to lead the Utah team,? said Davis. ?As a lifelong Utahan with deep connections to this state, Jerry brings an intimate knowledge of the state of Utah, its people, businesses and communities.?

Fenn joins Qwest from the law firm of Blackburn & Stoll, L.C. At the firm, he represented the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he was an attorney and advocate for the church on a variety of governmental issues. Fenn also represented the Utah Rural Telecom Association, where he testified before numerous legislative committees and gained significant experience drafting telecommunications legislation.

?I view this as a wonderful opportunity and am enthused to take on this new challenge and promote Qwest?s Spirit of Service throughout Utah,? said Fenn. ?I look forward to working with Qwest?s incredible Utah employees to meet the needs of our customers.?

Fenn earned bachelor of arts, masters of business administration and doctor of jurisprudence degrees from Brigham Young University (BYU). While in law school, Fenn served as the editor-in-chief of BYU?s Journal of Legal Studies. Following law school, Fenn was a judicial clerk to the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for Utah. He has served in a number of different volunteer capacities in the Utah State Bar, American Bar Association and in the community. Fenn and his wife, Sara, live in Salt Lake City and have six children.

Fenn replaces Robin Riggs who will continue to work with Qwest in Utah.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company?s 49,000 employees are committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.

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