Former Williams-Sonoma CEO, Named New Qwest Chief

Qwest Communications said late Sunday it has named former Williams-Sonoma CEO Edward A. Mueller to succeed retiring Chairman and CEO Richard C. Notebaert.

Mueller, 60, has more than 34 years of experience in telecommunications and was president and chief executive officer of Ameritech from 2000 to 2002. He sits on the boards of VeriSign , Clorox and GSC Acquisition.

Notebaert said Mueller was his top recommendation to Qwest's board. Notebaert's retirement is effective Aug. 15.

Notebaert and Mueller planned to address analysts and reporters in conference calls Monday.

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