Monday 24 October 2016

Ganley taps into two US political heavyweights

Published 04/06/2016 | 02:30

Rivada Networks CEO Declan Ganley. Photo: Damien Eagers
Rivada Networks CEO Declan Ganley. Photo: Damien Eagers

Two of this year's crop of US presidential hopefuls have joined the board of Declan Ganley's Rivada Networks.

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Politcial heavyweights Jeb Bush and Martin O'Malley have been named as directors of the Irish owned but US focused telecoms business.

Former governor of Florida Jeb Bush is the son and brother of US presidents.

He failed to secure his Republican Party's nomination for this year's presidential race, having been seen by many in the party's restive grassroots as the establishment candidate.

Irish-American politician Martin O'Malley is a former governor of the state of Maryland.

He crashed out early from this year's race to secure a Democratic Party presidential nomination.

He is best known to many on this side of the Atlantic for partly inspiring the character of charismatic city politician Tommy Carcetti in the TV series 'The Wire'.

The appointments come as the company prepares to unveil its bid to build out FirstNet's US nationwide public-safety broadband network, Rivada said.

The two former governors will providing strategic counsel and guidance, as well as providing their unique insights into the challenges and needs of America's state governments as they prepare for FirstNet's network rollout, Rivada Networks said.

Irish Independent

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