Richard Notebaert

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Richard C. Notebaert
Born 1947
Canada Montreal, Canada
Nationality American United States
Education University of Wisconsin–Madison, BA, 1969
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, MBA, 1983
Occupation Chairman and CEO of Qwest, Tellabs and Ameritech
Spouse(s) Peggy Notebaert
Children Michele and Nicole[1]

Richard C. Notebaert (born 1947 in Montreal, Canada) is the former Chairman and CEO of Qwest, Tellabs and Ameritech.[2] He was credited for saving Qwest from bankruptcy,[3] and making Ameritech the most successful "Baby Bell".[4]

Notebaert is a member of the board of directors of Aon Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and American Electric Power Company, Inc. He is also the Chair of University of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees.[1] In 2003, Notebaert was appointed by President Bush to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.[5][6]


Notebaert was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1947 and grew up in Columbus, Ohio.[4] After graduating from University of Wisconsin–Madison with a bachelor's degree in 1969,[7] he joined Wisconsin Bell marketing operation. He was promoted to the vice president of marketing and operations in 1983 after he obtained an MBA from University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. After that he had been president of Ameritech Mobile Communications, Indiana Bell Telephone Company, Ameritech Services. In 1994, he became the president and CEO of Ameritech Corporation. He was the chairman and CEO of Tellabs from 2000 to 2002. Notebaert became the chairman and CEO of Qwest Communications International, Inc. in June 2002.[8] He retired in August 2007.[3]


  1. ^ a b Brown, Dennis (1 February 2007). "Richard C. Notebaert elected Chair of Notre Dame's Board of Trustees". University of Notre Dame. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Richard C. Notebaert Profile". Forbes. 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Richtel, Matt (12 June 2007). "Qwest Chief Executive to Retire". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Richard C. Notebaert 1947–". Reference for Business. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "NSTAC XXVII Meeting". National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. May 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Richard C. Notebaert Executive Profile". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Executive profile-Richard Notebaert". Businessweek. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Palmeri, Christopher (1 July 2002). "Qwest 'Can't Be All Things to Everybody'". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 17 June 2011.