ACG Silicon Valley Names Yvonne Schwab CEO

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Business development expert brings extensive strategic growth management to Valley’s premier business organization

ACG Silicon Valley, a chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, today announced it has named business development expert Yvonne Schwab as CEO, effective April 20. Schwab succeeds Drue Freeman, who has served as ACG Silicon Valley’s CEO since 2018.

“A native German, Yvonne started her career in Europe and has lived and worked in New York and California for the past 18 years. Her global experience leading key growth initiatives within startup, nonprofit, and industry-established organizations along with the expertise of our dedicated board will allow ACGSV to grow and deepen the relationships with Silicon Valley’s most innovative companies,” said Hayley Tabor, ACG Silicon Valley Chairperson. “We are looking forward to her leadership and contributions.”

With over 20 years of experience providing strategic growth management to Valley businesses, Schwab has a keen focus on business development, account management, event planning, and marketing. Prior to joining ACG Silicon Valley, she was the business development director for the German American Business Association (GABA) NorCal, where she expanded opportunities for companies seeking visibility in the German-American business community of the Bay Area.

Schwab also served as the marketing and event director at Santa Clara incubator TechLab Innovation Center. During her time there, she prepared and organized technology events and advised early-stage startups. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management/small business and entrepreneurship from Colorado State University.

“ACG Silicon Valley has been a cornerstone of world-class networking and thought leadership for CEOs and senior executives in the Bay Area for over 36 years,” said Schwab. “It speaks volumes for an association to be around this many years, offering consistent value for its members and sponsors, as ACGSV has done over and over again. As its CEO, Drue continued the tradition of excellent management over the past two years. Now, I am honored to pick up the torch and, together with our supporters, bring ACGSV to the next level.”

Added Freeman: “I am very proud of how ACGSV has evolved over the last few years. It has been an honor to serve as the leader of this community of outstanding executives bringing thoughtful, inspiring content to our stakeholders and helping decision makers understand the implications of the technological changes being driven out of Silicon Valley. Ultimately, business is about people and I have met so many wonderful people along the way. Looking ahead, I am confident that Yvonne is the right leader to take the ACGSV community to an even brighter future.”

As the Valley’s premier business organization, ACG Silicon Valley is dedicated to providing business professionals with direct and referral access to key business leaders, transformational thought leadership, and practical experiences for career growth and business development.

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About ACG

The Association for Corporate Growth ( is a global learning and networking organization specifically for executives driving their company's growth strategy. Active global membership exceeds 14,500 executives from corporations, private equity, finance, and professional service firms representing Fortune 500, Fortune 1000, FTSE 100, and mid-market companies in 59 chapters in North America, Europe and Asia.

About ACG Silicon Valley

ACG Silicon Valley (ACGSV) is a unique community with a purpose; where CEOs and senior executive leaders connect to conduct business, build new careers, and link together to lead the future of Silicon Valley. The 36-year-old chapter strives to provide an environment where members, over 80 percent of whom are CEOs, gain access to key insight, knowledge, and connections.

ACGSV is a forum beyond networking and has earned its credible reputation by consistently providing one of the strongest possible thought leadership platforms available to corporate leaders and executive teams.

For ACG Silicon Valley
Carol Rellamas, Director of Operations

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