CenturyLink to shift regional
headquarters from La Crosse
La Crosse Tribune
December 1, 2010 5:00 pm
will no longer be a regional headquarters for CenturyLink Inc.
under organizational changes that take effect when its
acqusition of Qwest is completed in the first half of 2011.
the selection of Minneapolis
for CenturyLink’s new Midwest Region headquarters isn’t expected
to have a significant impact on employment in
La Crosse, local spokeswoman Kim
Valiquette said today. The company has about 804 employees in
the La Crosse area, and has had a regional
headquarters in the city since the early 1980s, she said.
Duane Ring Jr., president of the current La Crosse-based
Northeast Region, will move to
to be president of the combined company’s Midwest Region.
Eight to 10 people likely also will move from La Crosse to
over the next 12 months with the organization changes, Ring
said. They are management personnel or persons who work for
management, he said.
the long term, this acquisition of Qwest will be a good thing,”
Ring said. “And I think it will be good for La Crosse.” He said he thinks the number
of CenturyLink employees in the
La Crosse area will stay at about where
it has been, in the near future. “I think there’s an opportunity
in the future for some small incremental growth,” as the company
grows, he said.
The current Northeast Region includes
Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The new Midwest Region will
Nebraska, North Dakota
and South Dakota.
now serves as a Qwest hub for the upper Midwest.
Qwest is based in Denver.