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Another top Qwest executive will retire
By Andy Vuong, Staff Writer
Denver Post
Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Denver-based Qwest said Monday that another member of its senior management team is retiring.

Qwest's senior vice president of federal relations, Gary Lytle, 64, becomes the company's fourth executive to retire or announce his retirement since April.

Lytle will be replaced by Shirley Bloomfield, who joins the company Aug. 20.

Last month, Qwest chief executive Dick Notebaert announced plans to retire as soon as the board of directors finds his successor.  Former executive vice president of operations Barry Allen retired in June, and former chief financial officer Oren Shaffer retired in April.

Lytle, who has held his position since July 2002, will remain with the company until Bloomfield transitions into the role.

Qwest recently won the right to bid on Networx, a government telecommunications contracting program worth up to $68 billion over 10 years.

"As a well-established member of the senior management team, Gary provided a depth of knowledge and years-long relationships in establishing Qwest's presence in Washington as a national communications provider," Notebaert said in a statement.

Bloomfield, 45, has more than 20 years of industry experience and recently served as vice president of government affairs at the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association in Washington, D.C., Qwest said.

As Qwest's Washington lobbyist, Bloomfield will be responsible for advocating the company's public-policy positions before the federal government and independent agencies.

She has a master's degree in public administration from American University and a bachelor's in economics and urban studies from Northwestern University.  She lives in Arlington, Va.