Kirk R. Nelson has been named Utah director of external affairs for Mountain Bell.

He replaces A. Robert Motzkus, who has taken on responsibilities in network facilities for Utah and Arizona, a Mountain Bell spokesman said.

Nelson started in 1979 with Pacific Northwest Bell in Seattle, Wash. He was most recently director of investor relations at US West Inc. He has held positions with the company in legislative, regulatory, planning, financial and engineering areas.

He graduated from Pacific Luthern University and received a master's degree in business administration from Seattle University.