they issued the following press relase
New CEO and Board Members Appointed at Rivada Networks
March 10, 2009 -- Rivada Networks is pleased to announce the appointment of a new President & CEO and the appointment of four new members to the company's board of directors.
The new CEO will be Mr. John J. Kelly, a former President of Bell Aerospace, Textron Marine & Land Systems and Chairman and President of Pan American Life PLC, and a founding Director of Rivada Networks. John brings a lifetime of experience in leading technology-based enterprises to the position of CEO, where he will succeed Rivada Networks founder Declan J. Ganley. Mr. Ganley will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Rivada Networks.
Commenting on Mr. Kelly's appointment, Mr. Ganley said:
"John is an immeasurable asset to Rivada, and with his hand at the wheel, Rivada will be well placed to drive forward and build on its record of excellence in the field of life-saving interoperable communications technology. As the company continues to grow and expand into new markets, John's experience and judgment will ensure that our business plots the right course in its ongoing quest to develop and market technology solutions that save lives and improve our ability to respond to humanitarian disasters".
Rivada is also announcing the appointment to the board of directors of the following individuals:
- General Richard B. Myers, USAF (ret), former Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Michael Jackson, Former Deputy Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security.
- George Forseman, Former Under Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security.
- General (ret) the Lord Guthrie, Former UK chief of Defence Staff.
Commenting on these appointments, incoming CEO John J. Kelly said:
"As we move forward into this next exciting phase of Rivada's development, I am delighted that my first act as CEO is to welcome to the board of directors these four individuals, who have demonstrated throughout their careers that their commitment is to public safety first, and that they recognize the immense importance of adequate preparation for emergencies which threaten the lives and safety of our population.
These four individuals bring to our company a wealth of experience, insight, and innovation which will be of immense assistance to us as we continue the development of technologies that will make our world safer, and make the jobs of our emergency services easier in situations where human lives are at risk."
Rivada Networks is a market leader in the provision of interoperable communications systems for emergency situations, and has deployed its technology to assist first-responders in the aftermath of hurricanes, tornadoes, and terrorist threats. Rivada has been chosen by an ever-growing number of State and Federal agencies in order to provide them with the technology they need to maintain communications channels in the event of an emergency situation.
The Irish Independent also note the same in their piece on the Libertas UK launch.
Ganley appoints defence industry figures to communications companyDEAGLÁN de BRÉADÚN, Political Correspondent
LIBERTAS FOUNDER and chairman Declan Ganley has appointed four high-profile defence industry figures to the board of Rivada Networks, his communications technology company.
The news comes as he prepares to declare formally his candidacy for the June 5th elections to the European Parliament in Ireland North-West, a move expected to come next week.
Mr Ganley is to quit his role as chief executive of Rivada and take over as chairman, which will allow him more time to concentrate on the European elections. John Kelly, a former president of Bell Aerospace and a current Rivada director, is to take over the post of chief executive.
All four newcomers to the board are linked to the international defence industry. They include a former chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff during the Iraqi invasion, Gen Richard Myers; former chief of the UK defence staff, Lord Charles Guthrie; and two former senior officials in the US department of homeland security, Michael Jackson and George Forseman.
Rivada Networks is a US-based defence contracting firm specialising in the provision of telecommunications systems to the military, police and emergency services in disaster situations and has secured US military contracts worth up to $240million (€190 million). Lord Guthrie, who has served in the SAS, was chief of the UK general staff between 1997 and 2001. He is a cross-bench member of the House of Lords. He was created a life peer after retiring as chief of the defence staff.
Gen Myers is a former four-star general in the United States air force and served as the 15th chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.
He was the principal military adviser to George Bush for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Mr Jackson is a former deputy secretary of the US department of homeland security. Mr Forseman was the department’s under-secretary for preparedness until 2007.
The appointments are likely to fuel claims by Mr Ganley’s political opponents that his opposition to the Lisbon Treaty reflects his close links with the US military-industrial complex.
The 40-year-old businessman has been recruiting support throughout the European Union in advance of the elections to the parliament.
Mr Ganley would be seeking to take one of the three seats currently held by Seán Ó Neachtáin of Fianna Fáil, Jim Higgins of Fine Gael and Independent MEP Marian Harkin.Irish Times
Ex-soldier to lead Libertas battle in UK
Wednesday March 11 2009
He said yesterday that it would provide British voters with their "last and best chance" to send out a message that they did not support the Lisbon Treaty, which has been ratified by 25 EU states but cannot enter into force until it has been approved by Irish voters.
This move comes after Mr Ganley appointed four defence industry heavy hitters to the board of his telecommunications company, Rivada Networks, including General Richard Myers, a former chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff during the invasion of Iraq, and Lord Guthrie, the former British chief of defence staff.
Mr Ganley, who is expected to declare his own candidacy for the European elections in the North West constituency next week, is planning to run anti-Lisbon Treaty candidates across Europe.
Libertas UK leader Robin Matthews said that people who wanted a strong and healthy Europe that is democratic and answerable to them should vote for a Libertas candidate.
"If they do not want Europe to succeed. . . then they should vote for another party."
The launch attracted a sceptical response from other established British political parties.
- Andrew Woodcock and Michael Brennan Here