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City Moves for 9 August – Who's switching jobs at Assurant, OSTC and Media Chain?

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Today’s City Moves includes Assurant, OSTC and Media Chain.


Global provider of housing and lifestyle solutions Assurant has announced the appointment of Christian Formby as its new president, Europe, subject to receipt of regulatory approval. Formby will have responsibility for developing and executing strategic priorities for Assurant’s European operations to drive profitable growth in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK. Formby will focus on delivering innovative solutions that meet the needs of clients and their customers to improve the customer experience. Formby has over 17 years of experience in financial services, working for global brands including Goldman Sachs, Marsh, EY and Zurich Financial Services before joining Assurant. During his eight-year career at Assurant, Formby has held leadership roles in both the company’s global Housing and Lifestyle business units, including country leadership, regional P&L management and business development across regions. Most recently, he was senior vice president, global property international with oversight and management of Assurant’s International Property business. In his new role, Formby will be based in the UK and report to Keith Meier, president, International.


Global derivatives trading and education business OSTC has announced the appointment of Nigel Holt as head of internal audit, effective 1st October 2019. Nigel is a 30-year veteran in the fields of audit, risk, internal control and corporate governance. He joins OSTC from Colas UK. Prior to this Nigel has held senior audit roles at a range of corporations including Friends Life, Partnership Assurance and the London Stock Exchange. In his role as head of audit, Nigel will focus on quality and excellence and will promote a culture which emphasises a control framework that ensures compliance with global standards and requirements. He is a chartered member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and will report to the Audit Committee.

Media Chain

The social-first publishing arm of Social Chain has announced the appointment of Jon Edwards as head of sales. Jon previously held the role of brand partnerships account director at Ladbible and was also formerly at the Trinity Mirror. At Media Chain, Jon will be based in London and will hold responsibility of all Media Chain brand partnership sales across the UK. He will initially focus on growing the social media publishing business and will work to deliver engaging and effective campaigns. Previously Jon has held positions at Ladbible, Hearst and Trinity Mirror and has worked with the likes of Pepsico, Amazon, Sony Columbia, Ladbrokes Coral and Warner Brothers. He was part of the original commercial set up at Unilad.

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