City Moves for 3 May 2017 - who's switching jobs at Orbital Access, nChain and Company Watch

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Today's City Moves cover aerospace, cryptocurrencies and financial health experts. Take a look at these movers and shakers:

Orbital Access

Orbital Access Limited, a UK based launch systems and aerospace services business, has appointed Chris Geoghegan as chairman. Chris has over 30 years experience in the aerospace industry having spent most of his career in the commercial division of BAE Systems, where his last role was that of chief operating officer. Chris joined BAE Systems in 1976. During his career he served as managing director of the newly-formed Airbus Division of British Aerospace (Commercial Aircraft) Limited which, in February 1992, became British Aerospace Airbus Limited. In addition to his working career, Chris has served as president of the Society of British Aerospace Companies and is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Chris has served as a non-executive director on the boards of engineering and technology firms E2v technologies, Volex, Kier Group and SIG.


Blockchain pioneer nChain has appointed Bitcoin Foundation executive director Jon Matonis as its new vice president of corporate strategy. In this position, Matonis will support nChain’s business growth by developing commercial relationships, and evaluating opportunities for strategic investments and acquisitions. Jon Matonis is widely recognised as a leading bitcoin researcher and is a non-executive board director for several notable companies in the space. Since 2012, his technology and security writings have appeared in publications such as Forbes, CoinDesk, Bitcoin Magazine, American Banker, and PaymentsSource. Jon is also a founding director for the Bitcoin Foundation which served as the industry’s first nonprofit trade association originally chartered to provide financial compensation for voluntary protocol code developers and to promote the vision of bitcoin worldwide. His career has also included senior roles with Sumitomo Bank, VISA International, VeriSign, and Hushmail.

Company Watch

Company Watch, specialists in tracking and predicting corporate financial health, has appointed Jo Kettner (née Roberts) as chief executive officer (CEO). Jo takes over the firm’s leading executive role from co-founder and former CEO Denis Baker who remains with the firm as a board director and full-time member of staff. Since 2003, Jo has held a number of roles at Company Watch. Initially working on the research side of the business while completing undergraduate and post-graduate doctoral studies, in 2009 she joined full time as head of operations, before assuming the role of director of finance and corporate affairs in 2014. Jo holds an MA and a PhD in Romanian History from the School of Slavonic & East European Studies.

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