Afshin Mohebbi is an Iranian businessman, best known as the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Qwest Communications International. A US citizen, he was born in Iran and raised in California. Mohebbi received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering with an emphasis on communications systems from the University of California, Irvine, in two years when he was only 18 years old. He followed this up with a Telecommunications Engineering Certificate from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also has an MBA (dean’s scholar) from the University of California
From 1983, Mohebbi undertook a series of posts in sales and marketing with Pacific Bell, including vice president-business markets; and later with SBC Communications. He then became President and Managing Director of British Telecom‘s United Kingdom Markets division, an $18 billion business unit serving 20 million consumers and 1.5 million businesses in the UK. At 34, he was the youngest BT Managing Director to lead a major division.
After 20 months Mohebbi left to join Qwest Communications International, managing Qwests line operations, including market-facing business units; network engineering and operations; information technology and staff support functions. At age 36, Mohebbi became the younger ever president of a major telecommunication company in the United States. He was appointed as co-chairman of merger integration for Qwest’s merger with telephone company US West. Later he also joined the board of BearingPoint, when they signed a deal with Qwest to through sell professional services.