Qwest: Decision by state-level chiefs
to exit is voluntary
by Greg Avery
November 12, 2010
The decision by Qwest Communications International Inc.’s top Colorado executive to
leave the company after its merger with CenturyLink was a
voluntary one, as were those of the other state-level executives
planning to leave, Qwest said Friday.
telecom on Thursday outlined a shift in management structure
coming to Qwest, assuming its merger with Monroe, La.-based
CenturyLink Inc. is completed as expected in the first half of
CenturyLink will replace Qwest’s 11 state-level executive positions
with six regional presidencies. Six of Qwest’s current state
presidents will leave the company, while two will have new vice
president positions and three presidents will stay on in as-yet
Chuck Ward, the president of Qwest in Colorado and a career veteran of telecom,
said he chose to seek a new career direction after helping the
company through the merger process.
“I made the decision to take this opportunity to explore other
challenges and to contribute to a different organization, be it
public or private, profit or nonprofit,” he said in an emailed
statement. “I am proud of my work at Qwest and to have been part
of the team that brought about the evolution of Qwest from a
telephone company to the integrated broadband telecommunications
provider it is today.”
Other presidents leaving the company made similar choices on their
own, the company said Friday.
CenturyLink will make two of Qwest’s current state presidents —
Jim Campbell and
Fenn, presidents in Arizona
and Utah, respectively — into vice presidents for
regional policy and regulatory affairs following the merger.
The two executives will split what is now
Qwest’s 14-state territory, the company said. They’ll report to
Qwest’s head of government relations. He will keep that job
after Qwest becomes part of CenturyLink.
Campbell, a Colorado native, will
return to Denver
in the post-merger reorganization, the company said. Two other
regional vice presidents for regulatory issues will come from
— presidents of Idaho, Montana and New Mexico operations,
respectively — will have jobs with CenturyLink following the
merger, though their roles have not yet been defined, Qwest said
in a statement.
The Qwest presidents who won’t have positions
with the merged company are:
Stanoch, Minnesota and North Dakota;
Kirk Nelson, Washington;
Iowa and South Dakota;
Ward in Colorado.