Qwest Communications Appoints Shaun P. Gilmore To Lead Global Accounts Team

Denver, December 12, 2001- Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, announced today that Shaun P. Gilmore has been named executive vice president of global accounts. Gilmore was executive vice president for global products and solutions where he oversaw product management and marketing for all Qwest voice, data and IP products. In his new role, he will lead a sales team focused on the largest global 1,000 companies as defined by communications spending in North America and Western Europe.

Gilmore replaces Joel Arnold, who will transition work to Gilmore before leaving in January 2002 to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests.

Qwest Chairman and CEO Joseph P. Nacchio appointed Gilmore to the new assignment to ?increase sales effectiveness, focus more on strategic services and increase our market share with global customers. Shaun has extensive experience in leading global business sales organizations. Shaun joined Qwest in 1998 specifically to develop a global accounts sales organization for Qwest. In 2000 Shaun was asked to build a products and services management and development group. Shaun?s experience, leadership skills and deep knowledge of Qwest?s capabilities in the business market prepare him well to lead us to the next level of performance.?

Nacchio added, ? I also want to thank Joel for his work at Qwest over nearly four years and wish him the best in the future.?

Gilmore?s other Qwest experience was leading the national business accounts and government services sales organizations. Earlier, he was president of Snyder Direct, a company specializing in direct marketing and account management. Gilmore also spent 16 years at AT&T where he reported to Nacchio while directing business and consumer marketing and sales teams. Shaun earned an MBA degree from Harvard University, and a bachelor?s in economics and sociology from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

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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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