Ex-Qwest limo driver says Nacchio abrupt on phone
By Jeff Smith
Rocky Mountain News
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
A former limousine driver for Qwest executives
was among those in the courtroom gallery Tuesday. The man, who
requested his name not be used because he still works as a
driver, said he drove a Qwest entourage to investment meetings
with Janus, Invesco and others in the Denver area after the
company went public in 1997.
He remembers overhearing the executives "congratulating
themselves (after the meetings) on what a great job they did and
calling to see what the market did."
Joe Nacchio was abrupt in talking to Qwest employees on his cell
phone, the driver said, at least once using an expletive. "H
didn't treat subordinates very well."
The limousine driver said his impression of the trial so far is
that Nacchio's lead attorney Herbert Stern "reeks of the East
Coast" and that a local attorney would have been a better
Nacchio's team does have one of the best local criminal defense
attorneys in Colorado -- John Richilano -- but Stern has carried
more of the workload so far.