Teresa Taylor's appointment to the position of chief operating officer (COO) of Qwest (NYSE: Q)--a role she's served since August 2009--comes after a 21-plus year career that began at the former US West (acquired by Qwest in 2000) dates back to early Bell System divestiture days in 1988.
During that two-decade tenure at Qwest and the former US West, Taylor had a hand in enhancing the profitability of each unit she led.
Before taking on the role of Qwest's COO, Taylor was EVP of Qwest's Business Markets Group where she helped grow revenue. Taylor found similar success as the VP of Qwest's wholesale business.
As Qwest's COO, the telecom veteran oversees not only the Business Markets Group (BMG), Mass Markets Organization (MMO) and Wholesale - as well as Network, Marketing, Product and IT. Some of the key initiatives that come under Taylor's eye include winning new task orders on the General Service Administration's Networx telecom service program, targeting wireless backhaul wholesale opportunities, not to mention Qwest's expanded Heavy Duty consumer Internet service suite.
Now, the apex of her career at Qwest is coming to a head as the RBOC is being acquired by CenturyLink for $10.6 billion in stock.
Although Taylor will likely leave Qwest after a transition period is completed next year from its marriage to CenturyLink, her role in advancing Qwest's name in both the consumer and business shouldn't be overlooked.
Outside of her role at Qwest, Taylor continues to be a local Colorado community fixture, serving on the board of directors for both the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Children's Campaign.