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."