Governance at a Glance

Chair
Member
Chairman of the board
Financial expert
Committee List
Board Members Audit Conflicts Executive Risk Legal and Regulatory
James R. Belardi  
Executive
Conflicts
Legal and Regulatory
Legal and Regulatory
Audit
Risk
Risk
Executive
Lawrence J. Ruisi  
Audit
Risk
Executive
Risk
Legal and Regulatory
Legal and Regulatory
Audit
Conflicts
Risk
Legal and Regulatory

Committee Charters

James R. Belardi Headshot

James R. Belardi

James R. Belardi is our co-founder and has served as our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer since May 2009. In addition, Mr. Belardi is a member of the board of directors, member of the executive committee and an executive officer of Apollo Global Management, Inc. and is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Apollo Insurance Solutions Group, L.P. (AISG), our investment manager. He is a member of our executive committee and AISG’s executive committee. Mr. Belardi is responsible for our overall strategic direction and the day-to-day management of our investment portfolio. Prior to founding our Company and AISG, Mr. Belardi was President of SunAmerica Life Insurance Company and was also Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of AIG Retirement Services, Inc., where he had responsibility for an invested-asset portfolio of $250 billion. Mr. Belardi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles. He currently serves on the board of directors of AISG, Paulist Productions, where he chairs the investment committee, and Southern California Aquatics. Mr. Belardi swam in the 1976 and 1980 Olympic Swimming Trials and is a nine-time Masters Swimming World Record Holder.

Marc Beilinson

Marc Beilinson has served as a director of our Company since 2013 and is the lead independent director and a member of our conflicts committee and legal and regulatory committee. Since August 2011, Mr. Beilinson has been the Managing Director of Beilinson Advisory Group, a financial restructuring and hospitality advisory group that specializes in assisting distressed companies. Most recently, Mr. Beilinson served as Chief Restructuring Officer of Newbury Common Associates LLC (and certain affiliates) from December 2016 to June 2017. Mr. Beilinson previously served as Chief Restructuring Officer of Fisker Automotive from November 2013 to August 2014 and as Chief Restructuring Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Hospitality Properties Trust, Inc. from August 2011 to December 2014 and Innkeepers USA Trust from November 2008 to March 2012. Mr. Beilinson oversaw the Chapter 11 reorganization of lnnkeepers USA, Fisker Automotive and Newbury Common Associates in his interim management roles as the Chief Restructuring Officer of those companies. Mr. Beilinson currently serves on the boards of directors of Apollo Global Management, Inc., Exela Technologies and Playtika as well as several privately held companies. Mr. Beilinson has previously served on the boards of directors and audit committees of several public and privately held companies, including Westinghouse Electric, Caesars Acquisition Company, Wyndham International, Inc., Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc., Innkeepers USA Trust, and Gastar Inc.

Mr. Beilinson has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Juris Doctor from the University of California Davis Law School.

Mitra Hormozi

Mitra Hormozi has served as a director of our Company since 2018 where she is the chair of our legal and regulatory committee. She has also served on the board for our subsidiary, Athene Life Re, Ltd., since 2023 and is a director of several of our US insurance subsidiaries.

Ms. Hormozi was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Revlon, Inc. from April 2015 to July 2019, where she was responsible for overseeing Revlon's legal affairs worldwide. Ms. Hormozi has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors of the legal field. Prior to joining Revlon in April 2015, she was a litigation partner at two major law firms from 2011 to 2015 and served as Deputy Chief of Staff to then New York State Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo. She also served as an Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting high-profile complex racketeering cases in the Eastern District of New York. Ms. Hormozi has served on the board of directors of Apollo Global Management, Inc. since 2022 serving various committees including sustainability and corporate responsibility, compensation, nominating and governance, and demand review. She has also previously served on the board of directors of Revlon. Ms. Hormozi received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law.

Bogdan Ignaschenko

Bogdan Ignaschenko has served as a director of our Company since February 2024 and our subsidiary, Athene Life Re Ltd., since January 2023. Mr. Ignaschenko is Partner at Apollo. Prior to joining Apollo in 2011, Mr. Ignaschenko was with Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking Division from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Ignaschenko has also served on the board of directors of Freedom TopCo LLC (parent of Donlen LLC) since 2021, Grupo Aeroméxico, S.A.B. de C.V. since 2022, and Clydesdale Parent GP, LLC (parent of Flex Acquisition Holdings, Inc., parent of Novolex Holdings, LLC) since 2022. Mr. Ignaschenko previously served as a member of the board of directors of Seguradoras Unidas S.A. (n/k/a Generali Seguros, S.A.) between 2017 and 2020. Mr. Ignaschenko graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.

Brian Leach

Brian Leach has served as a director of our Company since August 2016, and is a member of our risk and audit committees. From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Leach served as Head of Franchise Risk & Strategy at Citigroup with responsibility for managing all of Citibank's global risk, audit, compliance and strategy. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Leach served as the Chief Risk Officer of Citibank. In 2005, Mr. Leach, together with several former colleagues from Morgan Stanley, formed Old Lane and from 2005 to 2008, Mr. Leach served as Old Lane's co-Chief Operating Officer and Chief Risk Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Leach worked his entire post-graduate career at Morgan Stanley encompassing running a successful proprietary trading business and culminating as the Risk Manager of the Institutional Securities Business reporting directly to its President. During his time with Morgan Stanley, Mr. Leach was seconded to Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM) for approximately one year. During that time, he was one of six managers selected by a consortium of 14 global financial institutions to manage the liquidation of LTCM. Mr. Leach serves on the Advisor Investment Committee of Mountain Capital. Mr. Leach has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Brown University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Mr. Leach has been awarded Risk Manager of the Year on two separate occasions: the first by Risk Magazine for his work in restructuring the hedge fund LTCM and the second by the Global Association of Risk Professionals for his work in restructuring Citigroup after the global financial crisis.

Dr. Manfred Puffer

Dr. Manfred Puffer has served as a director of our Company since 2012 and is the chair of our risk committee. Dr. Puffer has served as a Senior Advisor to Apollo since October 2008. From 2006 to 2008, Dr. Puffer was a senior managing director in the Financial Institutions Group of Bear Stearns International, Head of Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe and a Member of the European Executive Committee. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Puffer was a member of the managing board of WestLB AG and Head of the Investment Bank, Fixed Income, Equities and Structured Finance. Currently, Dr. Puffer is a member of the supervisory board of lnfmeon Technologies AG. Dr. Puffer holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Vienna.

Marc Rowan

Marc Rowan has served as a director of our Company since 2009 and is a member of our executive committee. Mr. Rowan has served as a director of the general partner of Apollo Insurance Solutions Group, L.P. (AIGS), our investment manager, since 2009. Mr. Rowan is the Chief Executive Officer of Apollo Global Management, Inc., and a member of its board of directors and a member of its executive committee. Mr. Rowan co-founded Apollo in 1990. Mr. Rowan also currently serves on the board of directors of Athora Holding Ltd. He has previously served on the boards of directors of numerous entities affiliated with Apollo, portfolio companies held by Apollo managed funds, and other entities. Mr. Rowan is the Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Wharton School, and a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Board of Trustees. In addition, he is involved in public policy and is an initial funder and contributor to the development of the Penn Wharton Budget Model, a nonpartisan research initiative which provides analysis of public policy's fiscal impact. An active philanthropist, Mr. Rowan is Chair of the Board of UJA-Federation of New York, the world’s largest local philanthropy helping 4.5 million people annually while funding a network of nonprofits in New York, Israel, and 70 countries.

He is also a founding member of Youth Renewal Fund and Vice Chair of Darca, Israel's top educational network operating 40 schools with over 22,000 students throughout Israel's most diverse and underserved communities. He is an Executive Committee member of the Civil Society Fellowship, a partnership of ADL and the Aspen Institute, designed to empower the next generation of community leaders and problem solvers from across the political spectrum. He also serves on the boards of, inter alia, several technology-oriented venture companies. Mr. Rowan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration in finance.

Lawrence J. Ruisi

Lawrence J. Ruisi has served as a director of our Company since 2013 and is the chair of our audit committee and is a member of our risk committee. Mr. Ruisi is also a director of several of our US insurance subsidiaries. As an operating executive, Mr. Ruisi held various senior level positions in the entertainment business, including President & Chief Executive Officer of Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corporation, a movie theatre operator with 400 locations worldwide, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Columbia Pictures Entertainment. As a non-executive, Mr. Ruisi served on numerous boards including Hughes Communications Inc., UST Inc., InnKeepers USA Trust, Wyndham International, Inc. and Adaptec, Inc. During his tenure on these boards, Mr. Ruisi was Chairman of various audit committees, named designated financial expert and served on both compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees. Mr. Ruisi was Chairman of the Independent Committee of the board of lnnKeepers, which oversaw its restructuring, and was Chairman of Special Committees at both Wyndham and Adaptec. Mr. Ruisi began his career at Price Waterhouse & Co., where he was a Senior Manager. He is a Certified Public Accountant and received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration in finance from St. John's University.

Vishal Sheth

Vishal Sheth has served as a director of our Company since June 2023 and certain of our subsidiaries since 2019, and is a member of our executive, risk, and legal and regulatory committees. Mr. Sheth is Partner and Co-Head of Global Financial Institutions Group (FIG) at Apollo, with focus on financial services and insurance-related opportunities. Mr. Sheth is also a member of Apollo’s Leadership Team. Prior to joining Apollo in 2018, Mr. Sheth was Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group at Barclays, and a corporate lawyer in the Financial Institutions Group at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom before that. Mr. Sheth graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program at the Stern School of Business at New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and economics. Mr. Sheth received his JD from New York University School of Law where he served as a Staff Editor on the Review of Law and Social Change.

Lynn Swann

Lynn Swann has served as a director of our company since September 2020 and is a member of our legal and regulatory committee. Mr. Swann is president of Swann, Inc., a marketing and consulting firm he founded in 1976. From 2016 to 2019, Mr. Swann served as the Athletic Director of the University of Southern California (USC), where he was responsible for overall administration of 21 women’s and men’s Division I athletic programs at the university. Prior to his role at USC, he worked on-air as a host, reporter and analyst for the American Broadcast Company (ABC-TV) for nearly 30 years and served for two years as chairman of the national board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, overseeing management of more than 400 agencies across the United States and establishing Big Brothers Big Sisters as a premier mentoring group. Mr. Swann was the Republican party nominee for Pennsylvania governor in 2006 and was appointed by President George W. Bush as the Chairman of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, where he served from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Swann currently serves on the board of directors of AGM and American Homes 4 Rent, and has previously served on the boards of a number of publicly-traded, privately-held and non-profit entities, such as Fluor Corporation, Caesar’s Entertainment Corp., Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, H.J. Heinz Company and the Professional Golfers’ Association of America and Xylem Inc. Mr. Swann received a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from the University of Southern California. He is a Hall of Fame athlete and former wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers football team. He has also held Series 7 and 63 registrations for securities industry professionals. Mr. Swann was selected to serve on our board of directors as a result of his expertise in business, marketing and community involvement in addition to his public company board experience.

Hope Schefler Taitz

Hope Schefler Taitz has served as a director of our Company since 2011 where she is a member of our audit, risk, legal and regulatory, and conflicts committees. She has also served on the board for our subsidiary, Athene Life Re, Ltd., since 2011 and is a director of several of our US insurance subsidiaries.

Ms. Taitz has served as the Chief Executive Officer of ELY Capital since. Now acting as an investor and advisor with expertise in media, technology and the consumer, she helps innovative enterprises grow through financial leadership and connections to established corporations. Ms. Taitz, a strong advocate of women on boards, also currently serves on the board of MidCap Finco Holdings Limited and Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. She has previously served on the boards of Apollo Residential Mortgage, Inc., Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd., Diamond International Resorts, Inc., as well as Lumen is Ltd. From 1995 to 2003, Ms. Taitz was Managing Partner of Catalyst Partners, L.P., a money management firm. From 1990 to 1992, Ms. Taitz was a Vice President at The Argosy Group (now part of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE: CM)), specializing in financial restructuring before becoming a Managing Director at Crystal Asset Management, from 1992 to 1995. From 1986 to 1990, Ms. Taitz was at Drexel Burnham Lambert, first as a mergers and acquisitions analyst and then as an associate in the leveraged buyout group. On the not-for-profit side, Ms. Taitz focuses on education and is an advocate for STEM. She is a founding executive member of YRF Darca, an emeritus board member of Pencils of Promise, and a member of the undergraduate executive board of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Taitz is a former board member of Girls Who Code. Ms. Taitz graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.