The Athene Group, LLC

Celebrating over 15 years in business, The Athene Group helps firms capitalize on the many benefits of cloud-based solutions that bring together multiple applications and platforms.

The Skience product line was first launched over 10 years ago after a customized project for a broker-dealer gave the development team an “aha” moment—wealth management firms wanted a prebuilt technology solution that was flexible, easy to use and worked the way they did.

Today, Skience transforms the Salesforce® CRM platform to meet the specific needs of the Financial Services industry. This has led to Skience being selected as an integral partner for the Salesforce Financial Services Cloud, providing important add-on modules to meet the specific data information and workflow needs of advisors, CTOs, COOs, CCOs and more.

With offices in Herndon, Virginia and Bangalore, India, The Athene Group has become known for its innovation, flexibility and relentless focus on exceptional client service. The team works to continually move the dial in all it does.

Meet Our Senior Team

Highly-qualified individuals from across the Financial Services and Technology Sectors continue to be attracted to the high-growth opportunity that The Athene Group and Skience presents. The team of over 200 employees is dedicated to continually evolving the offering to help clients and business partners attain their goals.

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Sanjeev Kumar

Founder, President & CEO

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Kripa Shetty

Co-Founder & COO

Dawn Reitz

Dawn Reitz

Senior Vice President,
Product Strategy & Implementations

Frank Irizarry

Frank Irizarry

Senior Vice President,
Sales

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Janak Mathuria

Chief Technical
Architect

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Subodh Shetty

Chief
Architect

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Amaidhi Chandran

Managing Director,
India Operations

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Steve Hairston

Information
Security Officer

Dawn Reitz

Dawn Reitz

Senior Vice President,
Product Strategy & Implementations

Frank Irizarry

Frank Irizarry

Senior Vice President,
Sales

janak-mathuria

Janak Mathuria

Chief Technical
Architect

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Subodh Shetty

Chief
Architect

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Amaidhi Chandran

Managing Director,
India Operations

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Steve Hairston

Information
Security Officer

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Sanjeev Kumar

Founder, President & CEO

A self-declared “enthusiast for all I do,” Sanjeev’s passion for leveraging technology to solve business problems led him to form The Athene Group back in 2001. Over his extensive career in the IT business, he has witnessed the evolution from mainframe computers to client servers to the Internet age, and is excited that the Athene team can participate in the industry’s many ongoing advancements.

Sanjeev has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University, India, although he never saw himself in that industry! He found the world of technology to be much more challenging and fun. He was a developer and programmer before turning his talents to starting and running a business that has enabled him to build extensive relationships with financial services firms of all sizes, within the U.S. and abroad.

While working with clients and thinking about new solutions are Sanjeev’s top priorities, he also has many hobbies, including biking, hiking, and eating great food—all which he enjoys with his wife and son. He also participates in fundraising bike rides each year, and sponsors education for several children who would not have the funds to go to school otherwise.

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Kripa Shetty

Co-Founder & COO

Back in 2001, Kripa saw the opportunity to form a company that could provide innovative technology solutions. Drawing on her experience working with business intelligence applications, she joined Sanjeev to form The Athene Group, taking on responsibility for the day-to-day general management of the company.

Kripa is respected for being a results-oriented problem solver, who can build high-energy and efficient teams and keep everyone focused on the firm’s mission of delivering quality technology offerings to extremely satisfied clients. She ensures that each team has the right people, systems and infrastructure to deliver on the promise. As the person responsible for strategic planning, budgeting and operational issues, Kripa has helped to lead the growth of Athene from a start-up to the highly successful organization it is today.

Kripa enjoys music, reading, entertaining and, most importantly, spending time with her husband and daughter. She is also an executive member of a community chapter of a non-profit organization, and supports multiple charities in the U.S. and India.

Dawn Reitz

Dawn Reitz

Senior Vice President,
Product Strategy & Implementations

Dawn provides leadership to the Skience Financial Solutions product team and client support group, and oversees all client implementations. She also garners strategic partnerships with leading technology providers to round out The Athene Group’s product and service offering.

Dawn has over 20 years of experience leading dynamic teams through large-scale integrations and the creation of new products and technology. Prior to joining Athene, she ran her own financial services consulting practice, growing it to a significant revenue base in the first year. She has also served as a Division Information Officer for Wachovia Securities, with responsibility for leading a global technology team, providing strategic direction and planning for the Financial Services Group line of business.

Dawn has a BS in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University, South Carolina. She regularly attends SIA, WSTA and Gartner Technology Conferences, and is involved in the North Carolina Technology Association. Dawn and her husband spend their off-time, traveling, hiking, biking and kayaking, and also enjoy playing with their beautiful Siberian husky, Kira.

Frank Irizarry

Frank Irizarry

Senior Vice President,
Sales

Frank leads The Athene Group’s sales team focused on selling our Skience Financial Services Solution as well as our vast array of consulting and implementations services to our clients.  In addition, he is responsible for continuing to develop and maintaining our key strategic partnership with Salesforce as well as any of The Athene Group’s strategic partnerships that help promote the sales of The Athene Group’s solutions and services.

Frank has over 30 years experience in the industry selling technology and complex business solutions.  For the past he 22 years he has led sales teams at Wang Laboratories selling Imaging and Workflow,  Oracle as the AVP for Banking and Financial Services, Siebel as the VP Sales for Banking and Financial Services, Reval as the Managing Director of North America Sales selling Treasury and Risk Management solutions and most recently at FinancialForce as the Regional Vice President of Enterprise accounts.

Frank has a BS of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife Linda, and his two daughters, Amanda and Kristen.  His hobbies include playing golf, reading and is an avid NY sports fan of the Giants, Yankees and the Rangers.

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Janak Mathuria

Chief Technical
Architect

Janak says he started developing software in pre-historic times—before the Internet, that is! He worked in numerous areas, including assembler/compiler development, automated migration and reengineering tools, early AI and enterprise applications. As Chief Architect at Athene, he is responsible for high-level design choices and dictates technical standards, tools and platforms for the firm’s continual technology development.

Janak joined Athene in 2014. He has a B.A in Commerce, from Sydenham College, Mumbai, India, and a MS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, Virginia.

In his leisure time, Janak enjoys traveling with his wife, son and daughter. He also finds time for gardening, swimming and cricket. In addition, he and his family assist children and support special needs events.

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Subodh Shetty

Chief
Architect

Over the past two decades, Subodh has architected and implemented solutions for a wide range of applications, from client/server solutions to private and hybrid cloud—including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). With Athene, he is responsible for providing overall technical oversight for various development efforts. This includes establishing coding standards and guidelines, as well recommending design patterns and technology direction based on industry best practices.

Subodh has a BS in Electronics Engineering from K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering, Bombay, India and an MS in Computer Science from Southeastern University, Washington, DC. Since graduating, he has followed the rapid growth of software development through the DOS days to UNIX, Windows, Linux, mobile and now the cloud platform.

When not working, Subodh spends time with his wife and daughter and enjoys playing all kinds of sports, including tennis, cricket, soccer and table tennis. He participates in numerous 5K fundraising runs, and supports a number of fundraising sports events. He also provides technical assistance for several non-profit organizations.

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Amaidhi Chandran

Managing Director,
India Operations

Amaidhi has played both hands-on and leadership roles across multiple IT functions—development, testing, production, client support, and more. This makes him an ideal candidate to oversee Athene’s India operation, which has been in place for 10 plus years now and employs 60 people. Joining the firm over a year ago, he brings experience working with a wide range of firms, from early-stage start-ups to corporate giants like SunGard and Goldman Sachs.

Amaidhi has a degree in Computer Science Engineering from The Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India. Through his education and work experience, he has come to believe that ordinary people can achieve extra-ordinary things, if their innate potential is tapped correctly—and he has brought this positive “can do” attitude with him to Athene.

When not working, Amaidhi enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, as well as travelling, hiking and farming—yes, farming! In addition, he and his family sponsor education for under-privileged children, which they find to be a very rewarding endeavor.

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Steve Hairston

Information
Security Officer

With previous experience as an Information Systems Engineer, a Director of Information Security, a Lead Cyber Security Analyst and more, Steve brings a rich background to his current position as ISO at Athene.
In this critical role, Steve serves as the firm’s information security consultant to all internal stakeholders and external clients of the business. He and his team conducts security risk assessments and implements new strategies for the future to ensure conformity with information security standards.

Steve received a MS in Network Security/Information Assurance, from Capitol College in Laurel, Maryland and a BS in Computer Information Systems, from Strayer University, in Washington, DC.

Steve stays very busy with his seven children and bichon frise dog. When he has time, he enjoys playing chess, checkers and NCAA Football 14, a fun video game. He is also a member of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI), which is made up of nearly 25,000 Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare professionals from the government, military, private sector and academia.