NEW JOBS: Athene Adding 225 Workers

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More jobs are coming to West Des Moines’ Athene USA.

The fixed annuity business, which completed the purchase of Aviva in October of 2013, has decided to close its Topeka, Kansas location and move those operations to its U.S. headquarters in West Des Moines.

A spokesperson for Athene says most of the Topeka staff will be offered the chance to relocate to West Des Moines. It’s expected about 225 new full-time jobs will be added at the West Des Moines location over the next six to eight months. Those jobs will come from a combination of transfers and the hiring of new employees.

Athene says the decision is the result of a desire to more effectively serve its clients.