MCI

(MCWEQ)

, the former scandal-plagued

WorldCom

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, on Friday announced the appointment of five new members to its board of directors.

The

new members include: former Touche Ross Chairman W. Grant Gregory, retired Bell Atlantic executive Judith Haberkorn, Patton Boggs Partner Laurence Harris, former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder, and David Matlin, CEO of MatlinPatterson Global Advisers LLC. The appointments give MCI nine board members.

"The appointment of our newest board members is yet another positive step in the rebuilding of our company," said MCI Chairman and CEO Michael D. Capellas. "By attracting a broad range of talent on the board as well as the management team, we will continue to chart a new course for MCI, one in which our customers, employees and stakeholders can be proud."

The appointments will become effective on the day MCI emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.