CenturyLink invites four Qwest executives to stay

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) wants to ensure that when it completes its acquisition of Qwest (NYSE: Q), it will be able to get going on day one. To ensure a smooth transition when they flip the switch in January, CenturyLink has asked four executives to stay on to help with corporate strategy, regulatory issues, information services and large business sales.

Just last month CenturyTel officially changed its name to CenturyLink and named its current leadership team.

The four executives that will stay on to serve on the combined company include: Chris Ancell, president of Qwest's business markets; Stephanie Comfort, corporate strategy and development; Stephen Davis, senior VP of public policy; and Girish Varma, CIO at Qwest, as senior vice president of IT services.

The service provider added that four members of the new company's board of directors will also come from Qwest, including current CEO and Chairman Ed Mueller. However, CenturyLink has not named the other three board members.

While CenturyLink plans to name lower-ranking executives for the new company later this year, a number of current Qwest executives will stay on to help with the transition, including Teresa Taylor, Qwest's COO; Joe Euteneuer, CFO; Rich Baer, Qwest attorney and chief administrative officer; Bob Tregemba, Qwest executive vice president of network operations; Dan Yost, Qwest executive vice president of mass markets; and Roland Thornton, executive vice president of wholesale markets.

For more:
- New Mexico Business Weekly has this article

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