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Board Selects Korn/Ferry International to Conduct Search for New President

Washington, DC -- The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) enters a new phase as founding President Michael Eckhart has announced his retirement after nine years leading the organization, and the Board of Directors has appointed a search committee and retained the executive search firm Korn/Ferry International.

ACORE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has emerged since its founding in 2001 to have over 600 organizational members, an Advisory Board of 25 noted leaders in renewable energy, a strong Board of Directors elected by the members, and a staff and intern team of 25 people in Washington, DC. ACORE has been a leader in advancing renewable energy solutions in the United States, specializing in research, education, communications and convening. It produces four national conferences each year in business, finance and policy, and maintains effective relations with renewable energy leaders and organizations around the world.

ACORE received the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2008, being selected as one of the most innovative and impactful nonprofit organizations in the world.

âEURoeIt has been an extraordinary honor to have had the opportunity to work with such fabulous people these years, building ACORE as a group endeavor, and I especially thank our many dedicated members for their support,âEUR said Eckhart. âEURoeIt will be a ten-year effort by the time we complete the transition to a new President. Ten years is a good period of time for a founder to lead, and I look forward to supporting a new leader who will take ACORE and renewable energy to the next level.âEUR Eckhart plans to continue to be active in the private sector and international affairs, and will stay on as needed to support the transition, anticipated in early 2011.

The search committee is being led by ACOREâEUR(TM)s Co-chairmen of the Board of Directors, John Geesman and Dan Reicher.

âEURoeWe have exceptionally large shoes to fill, and are pleased to have a world class firm helping us to do that. We are hopeful of identifying a successor to Mike by year-end,âEUR said Geesman.

âEURoeThis is a bittersweet moment with Mike stepping down after a successful decade building ACORE and the prospect of a new President taking the influential organization to an even higher level," said Reicher.

The executive search firm Korn/Ferry International has been retained to conduct the search. A position description will be posted on ACOREâEUR(TM)s web site http://www.acore.org/ by August 31, 2010. The contact for the search at Korn/Ferry is Charles Ingersoll, Senior Client Partner, (202) 955-0947.

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