Qwest Communications Announces Resignation Of Marilyn Carlson Nelson As Qwest Director

DENVER, June 26, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. announced the resignation of Marilyn Carlson Nelson as a director of the company, effective today. Ms. Nelson had been a director of Qwest and its predecessor, U S WEST, Inc., since 1975. Ms. Nelson is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Carlson Companies Inc., a global leader in providing corporate solutions and consumer services in the marketing, travel and hospitality industries.

Ms. Nelson said, ?I regret I must resign because of significantly increased demands on my time at Carlson Companies resulting from the present travel and hospitality environment and from other professional commitments. Qwest is beginning a new chapter under Dick Notebaert?s strong leadership. It is a good moment to step away. I wish Dick and the entire Qwest family well.?

Dick Notebaert, Qwest Chairman and CEO, said, ?Marilyn Nelson has made a tremendous contribution to Qwest and we thank her for her service. We fully understand her desire to focus more of her time on her other commitments.?

Ms. Nelson serves on several boards, including Exxon-Mobil Corporation and the Mayo Clinic Foundation. A leader in the travel, tourism and relationship marketing industries, Ms. Nelson serves on the World Economic Forum's Board of Governors for Travel and Tourism and the Singapore Tourism Board. She was 2000 National Chair of the Travel Industry Association of America, a delegate to the White House Conference on Tourism and a board member of the U.S.A.'s National Tourism Organization.

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Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 190,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.

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