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

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Nedra Barr

Chief Revenue Officer

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Janak Mathuria

Chief Technical
Architect

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George Baumgarten

Sr. Vice President
Product Management

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Ron Rawdon

Senior Vice President
Sales

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Subodh Shetty

Vice President
Product Development

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Amaidhi Chandran

Managing Director
India Operations

Tara Marcello

Tara Marcello

Vice President
Product Management

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Tag Giese

Vice President
Support and Operations

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Nedra Barr

Chief Revenue Officer

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Janak Mathuria

Chief Technical
Architect

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George Baumgarten

Sr. Vice President
Product Management

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Ron Rawdon

Senior Vice President
Sales

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Subodh Shetty

Vice President
Product Development

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Amaidhi Chandran

Managing Director
India Operations

Tara Marcello

Tara Marcello

Vice President
Product Management

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Tag Giese

Vice President
Support and Operations

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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.

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Nedra Barr

Chief Revenue Officer

Nedra is a seasoned veteran of the insurance and financial services industries and has served as Vice President of Sales for SunGard, Insurance Technologies, and most recently, Docupace Technologies.  Additionally, as President of NedraBarr Consulting in 2000-2007, Nedra worked with many start-up and early stage companies to organize company structures and business and marketing plans that enabled them to  effectively launch their businesses.  She has set sales strategies, evaluated and trained sales staff, and restructured companies’ marketing and sales processes.  While Vice President of Enterprise Business Development at Docupace Technnologies, Nedra was instrumental in the growth of Docupace, serving the financial services and insurance verticals during the past three years.  Nedra is Mensa qualified and proficient in solution selling strategies and processes.  She is listed in Who’s Who in Industry and Finance, a member of Women in Coli, and has received numerous industry recognition and awards, including a recent “Top 50 Tech Visionaries” honor from Intercon.  She resides in Olathe, Kansas and attended Pittsburgh State University, where she studied marketing and business administration.  Nedra enjoys writing industry articles and speaking to groups about her passions.

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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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George Baumgarten

Sr. Vice President
Product Management

George leads The Athene Group’s talented product management team that drives the product roadmap for Skience. A graduate of Williams College with a degree in Economics, George started in management consulting, and then entered the mutual fund industry with roles in business development, operations and finance. He then turned his attention to institutional brokerage and focused for the next two decades on commercializing technology solutions for correspondent broker dealers and registered investment advisers.

George is excited to bring his industry expertise to bear on what he sees as the limitless opportunities for Skience to deliver innovative workflow integration solutions to our customers.

In his free time, George is active in rowing, cycling, and tennis, and enjoys skiing and traveling with his wife and three daughters. He is the long-standing president of his local 250-member community rowing club, is active in the leadership of his church and helps lead annual youth trips with Appalachia Service Project.

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Ron Rawdon

Senior Vice President
Sales

With over twenty-five years of experience in the Wealth Management FinTech sector, Ron leads the Business Development Team at The Athene Group. His experience and success with sell side enterprise deals has enabled Ron to develop an in depth understanding of the front office, middle office and back office systems, functions, and operational processes. Much of Ron’s career was crafted at CheckFree Investment Services where his team implemented a highly consultative sales approach toward delivering value.

Ron sees the same market opportunity with The Athene Group and its Skience product set. His team will be taking the same consultative approach in every setting: educating, understanding, and mapping out the proper solution set through our internal suite of experts.

Ron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and was a licensed facilitator of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Ron has three daughters and was born and raised in the New York City metro area. He enjoys all sporting events, including skiing, hiking, swimming, tennis, and golf in addition to reading practical philosophy.

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Subodh Shetty

Vice President
Product Development

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 clouds, 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 within the flagship Skience product line. 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 assembly/DOS to UNIX, Windows, Linux, mobile and now the cloud platform.

When not working, Subodh loves spending time with his wife and daughter. He also enjoys playing sports, including tennis, cricket and table tennis. He participates in various fundraising 5K runs, and supports a number of local 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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Tara Marcello

Vice President
Product Management

Tara has been with The Athene Group since 2006 as Vice President of Product Management. She has over 22 years’ experience in the Financial Services Industry (12 in Consulting) with experience in workflow/process and productivity improvement, data analysis, product management and product support.

Tara utilizes her experience to ensure Athene’s clients receive the best possible support in addition to contributing to the overall management of the product. Best known for her quick wit bested only by her quicker problem-solving skills, she can devise feasible solutions for problems using innovative insights and creativity in evaluating all options.

With a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA, Tara enjoys being an active Penn State alumna and serves on the executive board of her Community Association.

She and her husband, a professional chef and professor, enjoy traveling, trying new dining experiences, and the many cultural attributes of their hometown, New York City.

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Tag Giese

Vice President
Support and Operations

With over 18 years of in-depth technical experience, including a Director of IT role for Starr Companies, Tag brings a vast knowledge of product development to the Athene Group. In his current role as the Director of Product Development, Tag is responsible for driving technology strategies, contributing to product development, and ensuring the success of a winning team to make a positive impact for all clients. Tag’s comprehensive experience in designing and creating enterprise software solutions including SaaS agile development, process management, and strategic planning has helped to align IT infrastructure and technology initiatives with core business needs.

Tag holds a BS from Old Dominion University, Virginia and attended MIS program at Kennesaw State University, Georgia. Tag enjoys spending time with his family, home projects, coding, mountain biking and hiking.