Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q) today announced the appointment of Girish K. Varma as vice president and chief information officer (CIO), effective Sept. 25, 2006. He will report to Barry K. Allen, Qwest executive vice president-operations.
Currently with IBM, Varma has 28 years of IT experience within the communications industry. At IBM he serves as vice president-global applications services and telecom center of competency, where he is responsible for developing new telecommunications businesses and practices and provides leadership to IBM customer teams. Earlier in his career, Varma served in technical leadership roles at Bell Labs for 12 years. He then advanced through a series of IT and technology leadership roles at AT&T to become vice president-service management systems and CIO, responsible for systems engineering, development, systems integration and vendor management for AT&T business, network and local services.
“Girish is an experienced leader and CIO with a vast knowledge of communications systems and the industry,” Allen said. “His background will be beneficial to the Qwest IT organization as it continues to meet the increasing demands of new applications and operational efficiencies.”
Varma holds a bachelor’s degree and a master of science degree from Banaras Hindu University in India, and a doctorate from the City University of New York. He also performed post-doctoral research at Rutgers University prior to joining Bell Labs.
Varma replaces Balan Nair, who left Qwest in June to serve as chief information officer and executive vice president of technology operations at AOL.