Qwest appoints Teresa Taylor as COO

In one quick motion Qwest has shuffled its executive deck by appointing Teresa Taylor to Chief Operating Officer this week. Taylor will replace Tom Richards, who according to a Dow Jones report, gave his notice to leave Qwest to become president and COO of CDW last Tuesday. Richards, who served as Qwest's COO for 13 months, was one of many new managers to join Qwest since Ed Mueller took the CEO post. Mueller said that the "transition to Teresa as our COO will be seamless."

Taylor, who has worked with Qwest and the former US West since 1987, says the new position is really just one of many roles that she's served in during her long tenure with the company. "It's business as usual - this is common territory for me," Taylor said in an interview with Dow Jones.

Prior to taking the COO post, Taylor served as the executive VP of Qwest's business markets group where she oversaw sales, marketing and delivery of voice and data services to businesses and government customers. In addition, Taylor served as the company's chief administrative officer from 2004-2008. Taking Taylor's place in the business markets group will be Christopher Ancell, Qwest's VP of sales for the business markets group.

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