Erik J. Anderson

Erik J. Anderson

Executive Chairman, Singularity University; Founder & CEO, West River Group; Executive Chairman of Top Golf Entertainment Group

About Erik

Erik Anderson is a leader in global innovation recognized throughout his career for his business acumen and leadership. As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of WestRiver Group (WRG), Anderson is redefining the paradigm of capital allocation with a transformative business model led by gender-balanced teams. 

Anderson serves as the Executive Chairman of Singularity University and Topgolf Entertainment Group. Under his leadership, Topgolf has become one of the fastest-growing sports and entertainment brands in the world.  In 2020, he was ranked by Golf Inc. as the No. 4 Most Powerful Person in the Golf Industry and was No. 3 in 2019 and 2018. In November 2020, Anderson joined Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) as the Executive Chairman of the SVB Capital Credit Platform and serves as Chair of the SVB Capital Advisory Committee.

In October 2020, Anderson became Chief Executive Officer of newly launched Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company seeking to identify an impactful company with scalable solutions to decarbonize the global economy.

Anderson is Vice-Chairman of ONEHOPE, a cause-centric consumer brand and technology company, most commonly known for their award-winning wine and world-class vineyard in Napa, Calif. He is also the founder of America’s Foundation for Chess, currently serving 160,000 children in the United States with its First Move curriculum.  He holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Management Engineering from Claremont McKenna College. 

Anderson honors include the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, named as one of the Top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs, and awarded the Transformative CEO Award by The CEO Forum Group. He holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Management Engineering from Claremont McKenna College.