DENVER — Qwest Communications has named former XM Satellite Radio executive Joseph J. Euteneuer as its new chief financial officer and executive vice president.

The 53-year-old Euteneuer replaces John W. Richardson. Qwest announced in April that Richardson was leaving the company by mutual agreement.

Euteneuer's appointment was announced Monday.

He had been CFO of XM since 2002. Before that, Euteneuer spent 15 years in executive positions at Comcast Corp. He was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Comcast BroadNet Europe from 2000 to 2002.

Qwest is the primary telephone service provider in 14 mostly Western states.