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Qwest's state president to depart after merger


By Andy Vuong
The Denver Post

November 11, 2010


Qwest's Colorado president, Chuck Ward, will leave the Denver company after its merger with CenturyLink closes next year, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The combined company will be based at CenturyLink's headquarters in Monroe, La., and the top mountain-region post has been awarded to a CenturyLink executive.

"Chuck intends to stay in Denver but has not made any firm plans at this point," said Qwest spokeswoman Stephanie Walkenshaw.

Ward is among the most visible Qwest executives in the Denver business community. He served as chairman of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, an influential business-advocacy organization, from 2009-10.

Kenny Wyatt, currently Century Link's south-central-region president, was tapped in September to serve as the Denver-based mountain- region president for the merged company. Jim Campbell, currently state president for Qwest in Arizona, will be the mountain region's vice president of regulatory and legislative affairs.

Ward was unavailable for comment Wednesday.

"Right now, Chuck is focused on securing approvals for the merger and building a transition plan that will ensure the people of Colorado continue to receive exceptional customer service Day One after the merger," Walkenshaw said.

The $22 billion merger, announced in April, has won approval from authorities in 12 states and Washington, D.C. It still requires approval from nine states, including Colorado, and the Federal Communications Commission. The deal is expected to close in the first half of next year.