Afshin was President and Chief Operating Officer of Qwest Communications International Inc., a Fortune 100 company with revenues in excess of $19 billion and 25 million customers worldwide. He had operational responsibilities for core wireline, international, and yellow pages businesses of the company. Afshin joined Qwest in 1999, and was co-chairman of the company’s merger integration with Regional Bell Operating Company USWEST.
Previously, Afshin was President and Managing Director of United Kingdom Markets for British Telecom, and a member of the company’s Management Board. Earlier, he was President and Managing Director of BT’s Business Division, with responsibility for BT’s business customers, in addition to its yellow pages (Yell), managed outsourcing services (Synchordia), and its Internet subsidiaries. He joined BT in 1997.
Afshin began his career in 1983 with Pacific Bell Telephone Company in California, where he held a number of assignments in Engineering, Operations, Sales, and Marketing. His last position with Pacific Bell was Vice President, Business Markets. In 1997, he accepted the position of Vice President, Marketing for SBC Communications, following its acquisition of Pacific Bell.
Afshin was selected by World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland as one of the Global Leaders of Tomorrow in 2000. Past Board of Director memberships include Hanaro Telecom; Bearingpoint Inc., where he was Chairman of the Compensation Committee; Qwest Cyber Solutions, LLP; and Cellnet.