Q&A with Qwest CEO Richard Notebaert

In an interview with BusinessWeek's Bruce Meyerson, the departing CEO talks about just how close the telecom came to disaster

Richard Notebaert is concluding his five-year tenure as chief executive officer of Qwest Communciations International (Q). It was a dramatic run that started with an emergency salvage operation in which the phone company narrowly skirted bankruptcy amid financial scandal and government probes. Today, Qwest is again profitable and respectable, its shares trading at the highest level since early 2002.

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