New CEO and Board Members Appointed at Rivada Networks

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Rivada Networks appointed new Chief Executive Officer and announced four new members to the Company Board of Directors to spearhead leading edge public safety wireless interoperability advances.

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.


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