Qwest Communications Appoints John Stanoch Vice President Of Minnesota

Minneapolis, December 20, 2000 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced John M. Stanoch is vice president for Minnesota. Stanoch will be based in Minneapolis and report to Chuck Ward, Qwest regional vice president for policy & law.

"Joining a dynamic, aggressive company like Qwest is a thrilling opportunity," said Stanoch. "Minnesota is rapidly becoming one of the most competitive markets in the country. To remain competitive, we'll continue to improve service quality. In addition, I want to build bridges and partnerships with Minnesota's regulators as we work to open all markets to competition."

Stanoch comes to Qwest after serving as the Chief Deputy Attorney General for Minnesota. "John was a tremendous asset to the people of Minnesota during his tenure with our office and we will miss his valued contributions," said Attorney General Mike Hatch. "Qwest has made a wise decision in choosing John Stanoch and we wish him well in his new career."

"I’m delighted that someone of John's stature and caliber is joining the Qwest team in Minnesota," said Ward. "The respect and integrity John brings to Qwest again demonstrates our commitment to doing business the right way. We're focused on exceeding our customer's expectations and John's guidance will be of immeasurable help as we partner with Minnesota for a better communications future."

Stanoch received his B.A in political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law. He served most recently as the Chief Deputy Attorney General for Minnesota and was a Hennepin County District Court Judge from 1991-1999.

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