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Qwest CEO shuffles execs
In a major move, senior VP of investor relations Stephanie Comfort will now be senior VP of corporate strategy.
By Andy Vuong, Staff Writer
Denver Post
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Qwest chief executive Ed Mueller is shuffling the company's senior management team, his first significant move since taking the reins a month ago.

Mueller is eliminating the position of executive vice president of marketing and communications, held by Laura Sankey since last October.  Sankey, who was unavailable for comment Monday, is leaving the company.

Stephanie Comfort, senior vice president of investor relations, will assume a newly created position of senior vice president of corporate strategy and report directly to Mueller.  She previously reported to Qwest chief financial officer John Richardson.

The Denver-based telecommunications company has yet to fill the investor-relations position.

In her new role, Comfort will be responsible for developing a comprehensive corporate strategy and vision to help Qwest better compete in its various markets, company spokesman Bob Toevs said.

"The changes are designed to better align marketing with our business units and place more emphasis on corporate strategy and planning," Toevs said.

In other changes:

Kim Whitehead, vice president of consumer marketing, will report to Paula Kruger, executive vice president mass markets.

Stephanie Copeland, vice president of business marketing, will report to Tom Richards, executive vice president of business markets group.

Nick Sweers, vice president of corporate communications, will report to Theresa Taylor, chief human-resources officer.

The changes are effective today.

Staff writer Andy Vuong can be reached at 303-954-1209 or