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CHICAGO, Ill. – Sept. 16, 2010 – Chicago-based wireless carrier U.S. Cellular announced today the promotion of Katherine "Kathy" L. Hust to vice president of sales for the Mid-Central Region. In this role, Hust oversees strategies on customer growth and retention, data expansion, associate sales performance and drive new company initiatives in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin. She will also provide direction and support to approximately 2,800 U.S. Cellular associates in the region.

"Kathy brings a proven passion for customers and tremendous strategic leadership to some of our most successful markets," said Nick Wright, senior vice president of sales for U.S. Cellular. "She will provide superb leadership as we continue to strengthen our sales, welcome new customers with innovative, industry-first programs and introduce new cutting-edge phones, including our latest Android-powered devices."

Hust joined the company in 1997 as a district sales manager and has since held numerous management positions including regional sales manager, area sales manager, area retail manager and director of sales for California and southern Oregon. Most recently, she served as vice president of the Central Region where she was responsible for managing sales, finance, operations and engineering for U.S. Cellular's customers.

Hust, a Milwaukee native, resides in the area with her family.

About U.S. Cellular
The 9,000 associates of U.S. Cellular believe a wireless phone enhances people's lives and a wireless company should be in the business of bringing people together. U.S. Cellular has a wide range of monthly plans, including those with unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited free incoming calls and options to prepay. The company has a growing catalog of phones like the BlackBerry® Bold and the Android-powered Samsung Acclaim and HTC Desire, which offer e-mail and Web access. Those features are delivered 10 times faster over U.S. Cellular's nationwide 3G network. U.S. Cellular believes in the power of the community and has made a commitment to invest more than $4.5 million in teachers and schools during 2009 and 2010. Based in Chicago, the company serves 6.2 million customers across the country. To learn more about the company visit one of its retail stores or You can also check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.