Kristine Jarve appointed the new Country Leader of Deloitte in Estonia

11 June 2018 3 min. read
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The Estonian organsiation of Deloitte, which is based in Estonia’s capital city Tallinn, has a new boss at its helm: Kristine Jarve.

Kristine Jarve joined Deloitte in August 2015 from rival Big Four firm EY, where she worked for twelve years across the firm’s Baltic offices and latterly in London for four years. During her tenure at EY, she provided tax consulting services to Latvian, pan-Baltic and international clients, responsible for among other areas strategic planning, organisational design and implementation, pursuit of go to market opportunities and engagement delivery. Earlier in her career, she worked for Arthur Andersen, a former Big Five accounting and consulting firm that dissolved following the Enron scandal in North America.

At Deloitte, Jarve was for the past three years head of Deloitte’s Tax division in Lithuania, which operates from a hub in Vilnius. She brings over 20 years’ experience advising companies and governments in various countries on taxation and tax policy to her new role of Country Leader Estonia (per the 1st of June 2018). Her main task will be to push for growth, with expanding the firm’s client base in advisory, tax and legal earmarked as the main pillars.

Commenting on Jarve's transition from Lithuania to Estonia, Saulius Bakas, Managing Partner of Deloitte Lithuania since 2012, said; “Kristine is a talented practitioner and highly experienced leader.”Kristine Jarve appointed the new Country Leader of Deloitte in EstoniaVeiko Hintsov, a Partner responsible for Audit in Estonia, remarked; “A key element of Deloitte’s growth strategy in Estonia is leveraging the breadth and depth of advisory, tax and legal practices even further. Kristine is highly regarded for her international advisory experience and her deeper insights bring added value to support and expand our client relationships.”

Besides serving as Deloitte Estonia’s boss, Jarve is also a leader of two executive level women communities in the Baltics – SheXO Club in Latvia and association Lyderė in Lithuania.

Senior appointments in Estonia

Parallel to Jarve’s nomination, Deloitte Estonia has also made two senior appointments. Olga Savcuk has been named head of the Business Process Solutions (BPS) department in Estonia. The BPS department provides accounting and financial services including full and partial outsource book-keeping, payroll, financial statement preparation, management accounting, financial management, BPS services and advice on a variety of accounting issues.

Tõnis Elling was poached from Leinonen Group, a professional services firm with offices in eleven Nordic and Eastern European countries, where he was head of the Advisory unit. Elling, who specialises in tax planning strategies, VAT analysis, tax accounting, declarations and import, export and customs related taxation issues, has been appointed a Manager in the Tax division.

The above mentioned leaders join a senior team in Estonia that includes among others Erki Usin (Director in Audit & Assurance), Merit Lind (Head of Deloitte Legal), Ants Ansper (Manager Financial Advisory) and Liisu Lell (Manager in Tax).

According to a recent analysis, Estonia has over 35,000 e-residents, of which many are consultants who have flocked to the country in a bid to capitalise on being a borderless digital resident.