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SPRINT/CENTEL ANNOUNCE NEW LOCAL TELEPHONE UNITS ALIGNMENT

 KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint Corporation (NYSE: FON) and Centel Corporation (NYSE: CNT) today announced organizational changes and appointments to be effective when the merger of the two companies is completed, including the framework to merge Sprint and Centel local telephone operating units in the mid- Atlantic area, Florida and Texas.
 "The consolidation of these units will deliver operating improvements," said Curtis G. Fields, 59, president and chief operating officer of Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division.
 "We feel these changes in structure and approach can be accomplished quickly and efficiently," said J. Stephen Vanderwoude, 48, president of Centel Corporation. "We will work carefully to minimize the concerns of our employees, our customers and our communities."
 Vanderwoude will assume the position of president and chief operating officer of the combined company's Local Telecommunications Division. Fields has announced his plans to retire when the merger is completed.
 All Sprint and Centel telephone operations in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and South Carolina will be consolidated in a mid- Atlantic unit, headquartered in Wake Forest, N.C. The combined operation will become Sprint's largest local telephone unit and serve 1.66 million customer access lines.
 -- D. Wayne Peterson, 56, currently president of Sprint's Carolina Telephone unit, will be president and chief executive officer of the mid-Atlantic operation.
 -- William K. Smith, 50, currently president of Sprint's United Telephone-Southeast unit headquartered in Bristol, Tenn., will be executive vice president and chief operating officer of the mid- Atlantic operation and report to Peterson.
 -- Gregory L. Wells, 36, currently acting president of Central Telephone Company of Virginia/North Carolina, will remain responsible for those areas in the mid-Atlantic operation and will report to Smith.
 The Sprint and Centel telephone operations in Florida will be consolidated. The new unit, with a combined 1.46 million access lines, will be headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
 -- Fred D. Lawrence, 44, currently president of Sprint's Florida unit, will be president and chief executive officer of the consolidated Florida operation.
 -- Dale L. Cross, 45, currently president of Centel's Florida unit, will become vice president of transition and integration planning in Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division.
 -- C. Dean Kurtz, 34, currently Central Telephone Company's vice president of regulatory policy, will be the officer in charge of Centel's Florida operation and will report to Lawrence.
 Centel's Texas telephone operation will be consolidated with Sprint's Midwest telephone unit, which has operations in Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming. The merged operation will have nearly 740,000 access lines and be headquartered in Overland Park, Kan.
 -- Michael B. Fuller, 48, currently president of Sprint's Midwest unit, will continue as president.
 -- Kenneth W. Amburn, 50, currently vice president of operations for Centel of Texas, will continue in that role and will report to Fuller.
 No organizational changes are planned for five units in the combined Sprint/Centel local telephone business. They include:
 -- Sprint's Ohio and Indiana unit, which has more than 685,000 local telephone access lines. J. Darrell Kelley, 50, will continue as president of United Telephone-North Central, headquartered in Mansfield, Ohio.
 -- Centel's Nevada unit, which has nearly 525,000 local access lines. James J. Kropid, 55, will continue as president of Central Telephone Company of Nevada, headquartered in Las Vegas.
 -- Sprint's Pennsylvania and New Jersey unit, which has more than 465,000 local access lines. William E. McDonald, 50, will continue as president of United Telephone-Eastern, headquartered in Carlisle, Pa.
 -- Centel's Illinois unit, which has more than 190,000 local access lines. James D. Ogg, 54, will continue as president of Central Telephone Company of Illinois, headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill.
 -- Sprint's Oregon and Washington unit, which has nearly 120,000 local access lines. Randy W. Osler, 45, will continue as president of United Telephone-Northwest, headquartered in Hood River, Ore.
 Vanderwoude said decisions have not been made on new corporate names for the local telephone units affected by consolidation.
 In related personnel appointments, Vanderwoude announced some of his direct reports for the Local Telecommunications Division corporate staff. They include:
 -- Tom E. Farmer, 55, who will continue as vice president of marketing in Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division.
 -- Will Prout, 44, who will continue as vice president of engineering and operations in Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division.
 -- Alan J. Sykes, 45, who will continue as vice president of revenues in Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division.
 In other merger-related action, it was announced that North Supply, Sprint's distribution subsidiary and headquartered near Gardner, Kan., will report to John P. Frazee Jr., 48. Frazee currently is Centel chairman and chief executive officer and it was announced last December that he will become Sprint's president and chief operating officer when the merger is completed. William G. Obermayer, 53, will continue as president of North Supply.
 Also, Sprint Publishing and Advertising, the 10th largest telephone directory publisher in the United States headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., will report to Vanderwoude. Robert J. Walsh, 47, will continue as president of the publishing unit.
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company, which had 1991 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 4.2 million customer access lines in 17 states.
 Chicago-based Centel Corporation, which had 1991 revenues of $1.2 billion, provides local 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: Judith Shannon of Sprint, 913-624-3221 or, after hours, 816-931-7156, or Tom Ray of Centel Corporation, 312-399-2742 or, after hours, 708-975-3837/
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