Former Qwest CEO Ed Mueller resigns from CenturyLink board as Denver footprint dwindles. 


Former Qwest CEO Ed Mueller is leaving CenturyLink's board. 


Denver Post by: Andy Vuong, April 4, 2012


The man who sold Denver-based Qwest is stepping down from the buyer's board of directors a year early. 


Ed Mueller, who served as Qwest’s chairman and chief executive from to August 2007 to April 2011, will resign from CenturyLink’s board effective May 23. His term was scheduled to end in 2013. Mueller assumed his spot on the board after CenturyLink acquired Qwest in April 2011.

Since the merger closed, CenturyLink has quietly downsized its footprint in Denver. Sources say that while CenturyLink’s name sits atop Qwest’s former headquarters building, many of the floors in the 52-story skyscraper that Qwest once occupied are now a virtual ghost town.

Monroe, La.-based CenturyLink recently folded the Business Markets Group, which was the lone Qwest division that remained based in Denver, into another division. In the weeks before the merger closed, Qwest and CenturyLink executives had pointed to Business Markets Group as a sign that the combined company would continue to maintain a key presence in the Denver community.

CenturyLink was also noticeably absent from the recent Colorado Technology Association fundraiser, which featured top executives from many of the state’s top tech and telecom companies (see tweet below from CTA).

Perhaps the most noise the company has made in town has come from its lobbying efforts against a bill that would cut off a $50 million annual ratepayer-funded subsidy. That campaign has included sending thousands of emails to state lawmakers.