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The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) has appointed two new members to its board of directors.

Michael Brower, senior federal policy director at Mosaic Federal Affairs LLC, and Rolf Gibbels, global power generation solutions leader at IBM, will replace outgoing board members Bill Holmberg and Ken Westrick, who are moving on to new positions.

Brower, a retired career naval officer and aviator, is responsible for Mosaic Federal Affairs' operations and management and all legislative objectives and priorities. He specializes in energy and water development, defense, labor, education, transportation and science/environmental authorizations and appropriations, as well as tax, environmental, energy and defense policy matters.

Gibbels is an executive member of IBM’s global Energy & Utilities industry organization, and leads the company’s global industry solutions and business development activities, with a focus on power generation across all IBM brands. His areas of focus include plant life-cycle information management and asset performance management across all energy sources (renewables, fossil and nuclear energy).

Holmberg, a founding member of ACORE and current staffer, will be moving to the ACORE advisory board. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, served for 21 years in the Marine Corps and worked for an additional 13 years in the federal government supporting sustainable agriculture and energy technologies, with a focus on biofuels.

Westrick is the founder of Westeva, a newly formed company with the mission to design and develop portfolios of clean energy projects. Prior to this role, Westrick founded and then served as CEO of 3TIER Inc. for over 10 years.

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