Eric joined NEP in 2021 with deep experience across several digitally native ecommerce and direct-to-consumer growth businesses. He has a proven track record of partnering with founders and CEOs to build scalable businesses and operational engines that drive meaningful growth. In his role as an operating partner, Eric helps source and evaluate investment opportunities and plays an active role in strategic planning and business growth initiatives for NEP portfolio companies.
Prior to joining NEP, Kau was chief operating officer at BoxyCharm where he served as operational head of several functions, including ecommerce, merchandising, technology, and supply chain, among others. His leadership contributed to helping BoxyCharm realize 5x revenue growth in just 24 months. Before Boxycharm, Eric worked at Chewy.com, where he led merchandise operations and was responsible for product marketing, pricing, product assortment, and business intelligence functions, helping to design the entire operations footprint – his efforts helped position the company for an industry record-setting $3.35 billion sale to PetSmart. In addition, Kau worked for Amazon as a category lead and general manager of its vitamin, diet and sports nutrition business unit and held strategy and planning roles earlier in his career at Best Buy and Target.
B.S., University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
M.B.A., University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management