Kristine Jarve appointed the new Country Leader of Deloitte in Estonia

11 June 2018

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.


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Rik de Weerd joins Product League as Chief Digital Transformation

19 April 2019

Product League, a digital transformation agency dedicated to the OutSystems platform, has brought Rik de Weerd on board as Chief Digital Transformation.

Based in the Netherlands, Product League is a rapidly growing digital product specialist. The firm helps clients – including the likes of beer brewer Heineken and grocery players Albert Heijn and Coop – build systems, applications and products by combining a rapid application development approach with an agile way of working. To this end, Product League is dedicated to the low-code platform of OutSystems. 

Against a backdrop of a growing need to transform core legacy systems, as organisations embrace emerging technologies to bolster competitiveness and (digitally) navigate change, low-code is seeing a booming uptake by organisations of all sizes. According to one estimate, by a US analyst firm, the market for low code development is set to double in size from its current value of $1.6 billion roughly every two years during the period until 2025. Alongside peers such as Appian and Mendix, OutSystems is at the forefront of the low-code industry.

According to Rik de Weerd, Product League is uniquely positioned to tap into the growing market for OutSystems services, leveraging its specialist and multidisciplinary approach to help clients “deliver winning products”. He elaborated, “there are many good players in the OutSystems market which deliver excellent technical work. Product League goes beyond this, and additionally brings a focus on the strategic level. The firm is not only a strategic partner with the right toolset, but also brings the determination to take clients wherever they need to go.”

Rik de Weerd joins Product League as Chief Digital Transformation

The Dutchman brings a wealth of experience to Product League, as well as a reputation as one of the Benelux’s OutSystems thought leaders in the low-code industry. Before joining the digital consultancy, he worked for OutSystems from their Benelux office as Lead Solution Architect for Northern Europe. During his tenure, he has led a large number of digital transformation projects and has been responsible for resolving complex business and IT issues. Earlier in his career he held several IT consulting and project management roles. 

Asked about his move from OutSystems to Product League, De Weerd commented: “After five years of evangelising low-code, drawing up countless solutions across Northern Europe and battling 'old habits and short-term thinking’, now it’s time to put my money where my mouth is. I had the privilege to be presented with several new business cases every week in different branches and help blueprint the road to value in all of them. Now I’m eager to take that to the next level and drive the programmes that actually transform corporations into the digital age.”

“Low-code has crossed the chasm, the technology is now here to stay. Searching for new, more effective ways of catalysing their digital transformation, leading companies are realising this. Driving digital transformation as a core competency of Product League is now my mission and I believe it will be an excellent fit.” 

He further pointed at Product League’s ability to provide an end-to-end service, “With a team of product owners, business analysts, UX/UI designers and OutSystems developers, Product League can offer clients the full digital experience. But technology can only take you so far – without the right people, the right mindset and the power to execute, IT stays hypothetical. I believe I’ve found all three in Product League.”