Former telecommunications exec joins economic development team

A former telecommunications executive has joined the leadership team at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (COEDIT).

Teresa Taylor serves as an executive advisor focusing on statewide industry growth.

Taylor previously served as chief operating officer of Qwest Communications based in Denver prior to the acquisition of the company by CenturyLink last year. The $12.2 billion deal combined the third- and fourth-largest traditional telephone companies in the United States.

“I welcome the opportunity to bring together the many resources available to deliver the message that Colorado is open for business,” Taylor said.

Ken Lund, executive director of COEDIT, said Taylor’s experiences align with the goals of the office and a new statewide economic development initiative. “Her experience in the technology, media and telecom sectors is a tremendous asset as we foster a more competitive Colorado to drive job growth,” Lund said. “We are delighted to have her join our efforts to retain, build and recruit the industries key to Colorado’s economy.”

At Qwest, Taylor supervised the operations of a corporation with 30,000 employees and $12 billion in annual revenue.

Taylor also serves on the Global Leadership Council for the Colorado State University College of Business as well as the Colorado Technology Association. Her past positions include appointments to the Colorado State Technology Institute and Colorado State Job Cabinet.