THE decision to appoint four defence industry heavy hitters to the board of Rivada Networks was last night defended by Libertas chief Declan Ganley.
Mr Ganley is planning to quit his role as chief executive of Rivada Networks in order to concentrate on the European elections and has appointed General Richard Myers, a former chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff during the Iraqi invasion, to the board.
Other appointees include two former senior officials in the UK department of homeland security, Michael Jackson and George Forseman, and former chief of the UK defence staff Lord Charles Guthrie.
Asked last night if this left him open to claims that his opposition to the Lisbon Treaty reflected such close links with the US military, Mr Ganley insisted that he had simply appointed the most qualified people for the job.
"I always appoint the very best people, the most experienced with established track records in whatever field I apply myself to and I will never accept mediocrity.
"I don't care who it upsets," he said.
Those who accused him of having a hidden agenda didn't know anything about the economy, business and building successful teams, the Libertas chief said. He added that such critics were "proven failures".
"I understand that they don't understand. If I cared what they thought, I wouldn't do anything which is precisely why I will press on and why I will do the right, smart thing every time. And if that means that some people are going to say this, that or the other, I don't care," he said.