Level 3 Announces Jeff K. Storey as Chief Executive Officer

         Level 3 Announces Jeff K. Storey as Chief Executive Officer

  PR Newswire

  BROOMFIELD, Colorado, April 11, 2013

BROOMFIELD, Colorado, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications,
Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced that Jeff K. Storey has been appointed by
the Board of Directors to be the company's president and chief executive
officer (CEO), effective immediately. Mr. Storey was also nominated for
election to the Board of Directors at the company's Annual Meeting of
Stockholders to be held on May 23, 2013. The company also announced that James
Q. Crowe will not stand for reelection to the company's Board of Directors at
the company's 2013 Annual Meeting.

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"We are extremely pleased to name Jeff as our new CEO and look forward to him
joining our Board of Directors," said Walter Scott, Jr., chairman of the Board
of Directors of Level 3. "Jeff was the clear and unanimous choice of the
Board. With 30 years of industry experience and his intimate knowledge of
Level 3's customers, employees and operating environment, Jeff is the right
executive to lead Level 3 into the future."

Storey joined Level 3 in 2008 as the company's president and chief operating
officer. Prior to joining Level 3, Storey served as president of Leucadia
Telecommunications Group where he was responsible for investments and
operations across various industries. Before Leucadia, Storey served as
president and chief executive officer of WilTel Communications. Prior to that,
he was a senior executive at Cox Communications, where he was one of the
founding members of Cox Business Services. Storey began his career in
telecommunications with Southwestern Bell Telephone.

As part of the company's succession planning, the Board of Directors formed a
transition planning committee. The committee engaged Russell Reynolds, a
global executive search and assessment firm, to assist with a market
evaluation and leadership assessment process.

"Through the committee's work it became clear that Jeff was without question
the best candidate for the job," said Michael Mahoney, chairman of the
transition planning committee and the compensation committee of the Board.
"Jeff's diverse experience across the telecommunications industry, his
character and his deep understanding of Level 3's opportunities and challenges
led to the Board's decision to name him as CEO."

"I am honored by the confidence and trust the Board has placed in me and am
energized by the opportunities ahead for our company," said Storey. "Today
with our solid financial foundation, our expanding position in the enterprise
market and the substantial progress we've made with integration, I believe our
opportunities are greater than ever. 

"The company is where it is today because of Jim Crowe. On behalf of the
entire company, I thank Jim for his inspired leadership and strong belief in
what Level 3 could become. I look forward to building on this vision and
leading our company into the next phase of profitable revenue growth, with a
focus on generating Free Cash Flow."

"I have known and worked with Jeff for a number of years, and I can say
without qualification that no one is as well prepared and qualified as he is
to assume the leadership of the company," said Crowe. "I'm extraordinarily
proud of the company we've built, and I'm committed to assisting Jeff and the
Board of Directors to ensure a smooth and successful transition."

"Jim Crowe created a bold vision for our company over 15 years ago, and I want
to thank him on behalf of the Level 3 Board of Directors for his extraordinary
contribution," continued Scott. "He envisioned a new kind of communications
company, and he built it from the ground up. I think it's no exaggeration to
say that he helped transform the communications industry."

Level 3 will release its first quarter 2013 results on Thursday, April 25, and
will host a conference call at 10 a.m. ET.

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT ) provides local, national and global
communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level
3's comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and
infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area
Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based
solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 500 markets in 55 countries
over a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three
continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more
information, please visit www.level3.com

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additional information about the company through the Investors pages on that
website at http://investors.level3.com/investor-relations/default.aspx .
Level 3 uses its website as a channel of distribution of important information
about the company. Level 3 routinely posts financial and other important
information regarding the company and its business, financial condition and
operations on the Investor Relations web pages.

Visitors to the Investors Relations web pages can view and print copies of
Level 3's SEC filings, including periodic and current reports on Forms 10-K,
10-Q, 8-K, as soon as reasonably practicable after those filings are made with
the SEC.

Copies of the charters for each of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating and
Governance committees of Level 3's Board of Directors, its Corporate
Governance Guidelines, Code of Ethics, press releases and analysts and
investor conference presentations are all available through the Investor
Relations web pages.

Please note that the information contained on any of Level 3's web sites is
not incorporated by reference in, or considered to be a part of, any document
unless expressly incorporated by reference in that document.

Forward-Looking Statement

Some statements made in this press release are forward-looking in nature and
are based on management's current expectations or beliefs. These
forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject
to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside
Level 3's control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from
those expressed or implied by the statements. Important factors that could
prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited
to, the company's ability to: successfully integrate the Global Crossing
acquisition or otherwise realize the anticipated benefits thereof; manage
risks associated with continued uncertainty in the global economy; maintain
and increase traffic on its network; develop and maintain effective business
support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; avert the
breach of its network and computer system security measures; develop new
services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; defend
intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage the future expansion or
adaptation of its network to remain competitive; manage continued or
accelerated decreases in market pricing for communications services; obtain
capacity for its network from other providers and interconnect its network
with other networks on favorable terms; attract and retain qualified
management and other personnel; successfully integrate future acquisitions;
effectively manage political, legal, regulatory, foreign currency and other
risks it is exposed to due to its substantial international operations;
mitigate its exposure to contingent liabilities; and meet all of the terms and
conditions of its debt obligations. Additional information concerning these
and other important factors can be found within Level 3's filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be
evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation
to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events, or otherwise.

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