A previous version of this story did not fairly characterize comments made by Richard Notebaert. A revised version is below.
Dick Notebaert, the top boss at Qwest Communications International, commented on the telecom firm's future in an appearance on CNBC's "Street Signs" on Thursday.
"You learn very early on not to make predictions, so we'll see how everything plays out," Notebaert said, in response to what the company's status would be in a year's time.
"We can be an acquirer or we can be acquired. It could go both ways," he said.
Notebaert declined to comment in response to a question posed by CNBC's Erin Burnett as to whether he has spoken with AT&T chief exec Ed Whitacre regarding a potential deal.