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Stanoch to leave Qwest after merger


Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

by Katharine Grayson

November 12, 2010


John Stanoch, who has led Qwest International Communications Inc.ís Minnesota operations for a decade, will leave the company following its merger with CenturyLink.

Stanoch was offered a position at the combined company, but elected to pursue other opportunities. He will remain in his current position at Qwest until the companyís $10.6 billion sale to Monroe, La.-based CenturyLink receives regulatory approval and is complete.

ďAfter 10 great years, it seemed like a natural point for me to move on and seek my next exciting career opportunity," Stanoch said in an interview.

Stanoch added that he hasn't decided what type of position he'll seek out next. ďI donít have any specific defined plans, but Iíll be looking at opportunities for the right fit.Ē

Stanoch has a background in business, the legal profession and government. He joined Denver-based Qwest in 2000, after serving as chief deputy attorney general of Minnesota. He also was a Hennepin County district court judge for eight years.

Stanoch has been active in the Twin Cities business community for years. He was named to the Minnesota Business Partnershipís 25-member executive committee last year.

Stanoch also was a campaign chairman for former DFL Gov. Rudy Perpich.

One thing about Stanoch's future is certain: he plans to stay in the Twin Cities. ďItís my lifetime home. I was born here, and Iím going to die here, unless Iím on vacation.Ē

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