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New Qwest chief has habit of following Notebaert

Mon, 08/13/2007 - 11:48am
Brian Santo

Richard Notebaert’s successor as both chairman and CEO of Qwest Communications will be Edward A. Mueller, who also happened to succeed Notebaert at Ameritech. Notebaert announced in June that he would be retiring as Qwest’s chief.

Notebaert was chairman and CEO of Ameritech when it merged with SBC (now AT&T) in 1999; Mueller was president and CEO of Ameritech for the subsequent two years.

Prior to that, Mueller had been president of SBC International Operations from 1999 to 2000; and president and CEO of Pacific Bell from 1997-1999. Most recently, he was CEO of home furnishings retailer Williams-Sonoma. Mueller is also on the boards of VeriSign, The Clorox Company and GSC Acquisition Company.

"Ed is a proven leader with a broad background of communications and retail experience," said Notebaert, whose retirement is effective Aug. 15. "Ed was my top recommendation to the board, and I am confident he will build on Qwest's strong foundation and continue to drive the Spirit of Service to our customers across the country."

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