top Qwest exec leaving job
By Jeff Smith
Rocky Mountain News
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Longtime Colorado Qwest President Kevin Smith is leaving the
Denver telco and being replaced by public policy executive
Chuck Ward. Smith, who began his career with predecessor
Mountain Bell in 1981 and assumed the top post in Colorado
in 1998 while at U S West, is leaving to pursue other
opportunities, according to Qwest spokesman Michael Dunne.
Smith was in a meeting and couldn't be reached for comment
Ward, 53, a telecommunications veteran, came to Qwest in
July 2000 from AT&T's public policy group and has been
serving as vice president of public policy under Steve
Nelson Phelps, executive director of the Association of U S
West Retirees, said Smith's longevity in the top state post
under various regimes reflected the high regard in which he
"From our perspective, I think he's been an extremely
competent manager for the company and really had some key
accomplishments, especially in deregulation for Qwest,"
Phelps said Ward's appointment may show the clout of Davis,
who as Qwest's senior vice president of public policy has
been front and center on deregulation issues and Qwest's
current push into cable-TV-like services.
Ward said he's excited about moving from a corporate staff
position "to a very strong line position in a key leadership
role with the company in a key state."
Qwest has more than 10,000 employees in Colorado, its home
state and one of its largest markets.
Ward said his focus will be continuing to push a
deregulation agenda such as opening markets to video
competition, as well as representing Qwest to its key
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