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Qwest executive in line for key post after merger



By Ross Boettcher, World-Herald Staff Writer

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Danny Pate, an executive in Qwest Communications’ consumer markets group in Denver, is expected to lead the company’s operations in Nebraska when Qwest’s merger with CenturyLink of Monroe, La., is completed this year.

Pate, to be based in Omaha, will be one of two individuals sharing the duties of Rex Fisher, Qwest’s current Nebraska president. The second executive will handle public policy and legal affairs.

Fisher announced late last year that he would retire after the merger was finalized. He said CenturyLink planned to restructure management roles and he wasn’t interested in the new positions.

The company later announced there would be no state presidents and that two executives would share the responsibility of managing statewide financial and operational performance.

Headquarters for the Midwest region, which includes Nebraska and Iowa, will be in Minneapolis. Duane Ring, currently president of CenturyLink’s Northeast region, will serve as president.

Qwest’s merger with CenturyLink has cleared all regulatory hurdles to this point, including unanimous support from the Nebraska Public Service Commission. The merger now needs approval from four remaining states and the Federal Communications Commission.

The merged company, formed through a $22.4 billion stock swap, will operate in 37 states.

A Qwest spokeswoman declined to comment on reports of Pate’s appointment. A spokeswoman for CenturyLink did not return a message left Monday afternoon.

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