Athene USA

7700 Mills Civic Parkway West Des Moines, IA 50266
Athene USA Corporation is a subsidiary of Athene Holding Ltd. and is a part of the Athene family of companies. Athene USA's insurance subsidiaries provide individuals and institutions innovative financial solutions to meet their retirement accumulation and income needs. Athene USA serves as the U.S. holding company for Athene's annuity operations in the United States. Headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, Athene USA's insurance subsidiaries serve customers in all 50 states, providing products in the retirement savings market, including retail and fixed indexed annuity products as well as institutional products, such as funding agreements.

Company Staff

Christopher Grady
Executive Vice President and Head of Retail for Athene USA
Chris joined Athene Annuity in March 2011 as the Head of Retail, responsible for building a market-leading provider of consumer retirement solutions under the Athene brand. Prior to joining Athene Annuity, Chris was President of Distribution and Marketing for Genworth Financial's life insurance companies. He oversaw a diverse, multi-channel sales and marketing organization that produced nearly $4.7 billion in annuity sales and more than $550 million in premiums in life and long-term care insurance products in the U.S. market. Before joining Genworth, Chris spent 14 years in senior leadership roles at Merrill Lynch, ultimately serving as Managing Director and National Sales Manager for Merrill's Consumer Finance Group. In addition, he held various sales management positions at Mass Mutual, including Director of Advanced Sales. As a District Manager, Chris qualified for life membership in the Million Dollar Round Table. Chris received a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York College at Cortland.
Christopher Welp
Executive Vice President of Insurance Operations for Athene USA
Christopher is responsible for all of Athene USA's insurance operations and has a critical role in defining and leading the company's strategic initiatives. These key initiatives include customer services, life and annuity business, underwriting, agency services, administration shared services and the mail center. He joined the predecessor company, Aviva USA, in August 2010 with more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to Aviva USA, he held a variety of progressive roles culminating as Chief Operating Officer of ING's retail annuity business, a position he held since 1999. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Iowa, is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Chris serves on the board of directors of the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity.
David C. Attaway
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
David was CFO of Liberty Life Insurance Company from April 2010 until the acquisition of Aviva in October 2013 at which time he became SVP & Controller of Athene USA. He served in various roles within Liberty's finance and accounting function since his arrival with Liberty in 2002. He joined Liberty after working at Ernst & Young as an auditor, TeamVest as a controller and AIMCO as an SEC Reporting Manager. David is a Associate of the Life Management Institute (ALMI) and is a Certified Public Accountant. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Clemson University graduating Magna Cum Laude with Honors.
Grant Kvalheim
Chief Executive Officer
Grant has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Athene USA since June 2015 and served as our President from January 2011 until September 2015, served as the Chief Financial Officer from January 2011 until April 2013 and served as a director from January 2012 until February 2014. He is responsible for the oversight of our U.S. operating companies with a focus on our retail annuity platform, including growth initiatives and new product development. Prior to joining our company, Grant was a senior executive of Barclays Capital ("Barclays") from early 2001 to the end of 2007, becoming Co-President in September 2005. During his time at Barclays he converted a European cash investment grade business into a leading global cash and derivatives business across both securitized and non-securitized credit products, and significantly expanded Barclays' investment banking platform. Prior to joining Barclays, he held senior executive positions in the investment banks of Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch. Grant has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Chicago. He served on the board of directors of the Permal Silk Road Fund from June 2008 to November 2012. He currently serves on the advisory board of Independence Equity.