Qwest Communications Appoints Diana L. Gowen Senior Vice President of Government Services Sales

DENVER, May 23, 2005 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that Diana L. Gowen will become the new senior vice president, government services sales for Qwest. Gowen will report to Thomas Richards, executive vice president, business markets group for Qwest.

?Qwest has long been a premier provider of voice and data services to the federal government and Diana is the right person to help Qwest enhance its position even further,? said Richards. ?I am pleased that Diana will bring her leadership and expertise to the many opportunities ahead of us in the federal marketplace.?

Gowen has more than 25 years of experience in the communications industry as a senior executive for Broadwing, MCI and AT&T where she led programs supporting the Department of Defense and most of the federal civilian agencies with complex communications solutions. She has worked for government, civilian and military agencies in the U.S. and internationally.

?I am looking forward to this exciting new opportunity,? said Gowen. ?Qwest already has a strong position in the federal government space, and I?m anxious to begin working with Qwest?s successful and experienced federal team to bring even more value to their customers.?

In her new role, Gowen will oversee the sales and marketing efforts of Qwest?s solutions to the federal government sector. Gowen replaces Jim F. X. Payne, who has left Qwest to pursue other interests.

Gowen received her BS and MBA from the University of Maryland. She is expected to start in her new role in early June 2005.

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