WorldCom name disappears overnight

Telecommunications giant WorldCom, plagued by bankruptcy court and fraud allegations, changed its name to MCI Communications in...

Telecommunications giant WorldCom, plagued by bankruptcy court and fraud allegations, changed its name to MCI Communications in the space of a few hours on Sunday night.

But the change is more than cosmetic, said Ron McMurtrie, the company's marketing vice-president. In taking the name MCI, the company is refocusing on delivering service to customers.

He said the company's logos and business cards changed "literally overnight".

MCI faces a series of bankruptcy court hearings, the first in about a month, during which the company will seek approval for its three-year business plan. "The plan is really about setting our path forward and satisfying our creditors," he said.

The company has appointed Morgan Stanley veteran Robert Blakely as chief financial officer and is moving its corporate headquarters from Clinton, Mississippi, to just outside Washington DC, where there is already an MCI campus with 4,500 employees.

WorldCom acquired MCI in 1998.

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