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After Qwest merger, Seattle to become regional headquarters


Puget Sound Business Journal

November 30, 2010

After CenturyLink Inc. completes its acquisition of Qwest Communications International Inc., Seattle will become a regional headquarters for the combined company.

Monroe, La.-based CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) said that will happen once the dealís cleared all regulatory hurdles and the transaction is officially completed, which is expected to happen during the first half of next year.

CenturyLink/Qwest officials didnít say how many employees would work at the regional headquarters, although itís expected to have a relatively small staff, according to a spokesman.

When the deal closes with Denver-based Qwest (NYSE: Q), Brian Stading will become Northwest region president. Stading currently works for Qwest in Denver as vice president of network operations and engineering for the companyís network organization.

Seattle will be one of six regional headquarters to serve the combined companyís 37-state service area. Other regional headquarters will be in Denver; Phoenix; Minneapolis; Wake Forest, N.C.; and Orlando, Fla.