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ESREY NAMES MEMBERS OF THE NEW SPRINT MANAGEMENT TEAM

 KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Following last week's certification of Centel shareholder approval to merge that corporation with Sprint (NYSE: FON), Sprint Chairman William T. Esrey today announced members of the merged company's new management team.
 Additional appointments, including other direct reports to Esrey, will be made as the merger date approaches. All appointments are effective at the merger's close, which is expected in early 1993, pending final regulatory approvals.
 Members of the new team will include:
 -- John P. Frazee Jr., 48, president and chief operating officer of Sprint.
 -- Ronald T. LeMay, 47, president and chief operating officer of Sprint's Long Distance Division.
 -- J. Stephen Vanderwoude, 48, president and chief operating officer of Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division.
 -- Dennis E. Foster, 52, president and chief operating officer of Sprint's cellular company.
 -- J. Richard Devlin, 42, executive vice president, general counsel & external affairs
 -- Arthur B. Krause, 51, executive vice president, chief financial officer.
 -- Ron J. Ponder, 49, executive vice president, chief information officer.
 Frazee, LeMay, Devlin, Krause and Ponder will report directly to Esrey. Vanderwoude and Foster will report to Frazee, who will have responsibilities for local telephone operations, cellular operations, strategic planning and investor relations.
 "As these outstanding individuals attest, one of the great benefits of this merger is the depth and versatility of our combined management resources," Esrey said. "We're building a leadership team that blends our competencies and positions Sprint to effectively compete in the global local, cellular and long distance markets."
 Frazee has served the telecommunications industry for more than 25 years. Since joining Centel in 1972, Frazee has held a variety of executive positions. In 1975, he was named vice president and general manager of Central Telephone Company of Virginia. He became vice president - corporate development in 1978, and helped direct Centel's initial investment in cable television and business system operations. While group vice president - Centel Video Services from 1981-1984, the company tripled its number of cable customers and areas of service. In 1984, he was elected executive vice president of the corporation and president of Centel Communications Company. In 1985, Frazee became vice chairman of the corporation and a member of the board, and in 1986 he was named president and chief operating officer. In 1987, he was elected chief executive officer and in 1988 was elected chairman. Since becoming chairman and CEO, he has strategically positioned the company in the local telephone business and in the rapid growth cellular business, where Centel has invested more than $1 billion in new communications franchises.
 LeMay, president and chief operating officer of Sprint's Long Distance Division, began his telephone career with Southwestern Bell in 1972. He served in several legal capacities prior to being named assistant vice president of revenue requirements and economic analysis in 1979. In 1983, LeMay was appointed regional vice president of external affairs for AT&T Communications in Kansas City. In 1985, he was named vice president and comptroller for AT&T Communications. Later that year, he joined United Telephone System (a Sprint Company) as vice president and general counsel. A year later, he became senior vice president of operations for United and in 1987 was elected Sprint's executive vice president of corporate affairs. LeMay was elected president and chief operating officer of the Long Distance Division in 1989.
 Vanderwoude, who has more than 25 years in the telecommunications industry, is president of Centel Corporation and a member of the company's board of directors. He oversees Centel's local telephone and cellular communications operations. Vanderwoude spent five years with New York Telephone Company before joining Centel in 1971. At Centel, he has held numerous operating and staff assignments including general plant supervisor, director of traffic operations, vice president - regulatory, vice president - personnel and public relations, and vice - president strategic planning. He was head of Centel Business Systems from 1982-1987, and was elected executive vice president of Centel Corporation in January 1988. He was elected a director of Centel Corporation later that year, and president of the corporation in 1989.
 Foster, who is senior vice president - operations of Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division, has more than 25 years experience in a wide range of telecommunications positions, including regulatory, marketing, corporate strategic planning and a number of key operational assignments. Before joining Sprint last April, Foster served as president of GTE Mobilnet in Atlanta where he was responsible for 600,000 cellular customers, $800 million in revenues and 2,300 employees. In his new assignment, Foster will oversee cellular operations which have a service area of more than 20 million in population. He also will have responsibility for the merged company's overall wireless development.
 Devlin joined Sprint in 1987 as vice president and general counsel - telephone. His responsibilities included providing legal and regulatory support for Sprint's local telephone operations. In 1989, Devlin was named executive vice president, general counsel and external affairs for Sprint with responsibility for legal, state and federal regulatory and government relations functions. Prior to joining Sprint, Devlin held a variety of management and legal positions with AT&T.
 Krause has been executive vice president and chief financial officer of Sprint since 1988. He is responsible for the financial operations of Sprint and all corporate subsidiaries and is in charge of the corporation's administrative services group. He joined Sprint in 1971 as assistant controller for United Telephone Company of Ohio.
 Ponder joined Sprint as executive vice president and chief information officer of Sprint last January. He began his career at Federal Express in 1977 and was instrumental in the initiation and implementation of the Federal Express Quality Program, which led the company to the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1990. Ponder was a member of the faculty at Memphis State University until joining Federal Express.
 Vanderwoude will replace Curtis G. Fields, 59, who will be retiring after 37 years in various management capacities with United Telephone and Sprint.
 "Curtis has had an outstanding career in this industry," Esrey said. "He's been a solid, stable influence throughout our years of growth and change. Because of his innovative leadership and dedication to customers, we have had the most efficient local telephone operations in the industry. We're pleased that Curtis has agreed to a special consulting arrangement with Sprint going forward."
 In addition to Fields' retirement, Centel has announced decisions by the following executives to retire:
 -- Karl Berolzheimer, 60, who has been senior vice president, general counsel and secretary responsible for the corporation's legal activities and stockholder services. He joined Centel in 1976 as vice president - legal after spending 18 years in private practice.
 -- Eugene H. Irminger, 63, who has been executive vice president for Centel since 1990 and the corporation's chief financial officer for nearly 10 years. He joined Centel in 1973 as controller of the corporation.
 -- William J. Laggett, 62, who has been president of Centel Cellular Company since 1987. Since heading that operation, the company has expanded through acquisitions and now operates cellular systems in 42 metropolitan markets and 50 rural service areas.
 -- Samuel E. Leftwich, 62, who has been chairman of Central Telephone since 1990, with responsibility for Centel's telephone operations in six states. Leftwich has served in various management and executive positions with Centel for more than 36 years.
 "These four individuals have had a tremendous impact on the direction, growth and prosperity enjoyed by Centel Corporation over the years," said Centel Chairman Frazee. "Their efforts have helped make Centel what it is today. Our new era, which begins with our merging with Sprint, is a testimonial to their outstanding work and leadership."
 Stockholders of both Sprint and Centel voted to approve the merger on Dec. 2, 1992.
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company, which had 1991 annual revenues of $8.8 billion. It has the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic long distance network. Its divisions provide global long distance voice, data and video products and services, and local telephone services to more than 4 million customer access lines in 17 states.
 Chicago-based Centel Corporation (NYSE: CNT), which had 1991 revenues of $1.2 billion, provides local exchange telephone service in six states through 1.6 million access lines and operates cellular communications franchises in 42 metropolitan markets and more than 50 rural service areas.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Kraus, 202-282-7410 or, after hours, 202-986-3952, or Steve Dykes, 202-828-7435 or, after hours, 703-242-1769, both of Sprint; or Bill White of Centel, 312-399-2935 or, after hours, 708-882-7231/
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