Businesswoman Cīrule recommended to head Revenue Service

The commission assessing candidates for the next head of the State Revenue Service has recommended Ilze Cirule, who has extensive work experience in insurance business, as the best candidate for the vacant post, Martins Krievins, director of the State Chancellery, told journalists Tuesday.

Cirule was named winner of the tender after the third round of the competition in which the candidates were assessed by staffing experts from Eiropersonals company.

Krievins, who chaired the commission assessing the candidates, said Cirule was found to be the best suited candidate for the post of the Revenue Service’s director-general, based on the answers she gave in the course of the competition, as well as her strategic perspective on the Revenue Service’s future work, team management, change management and achieving goals. “Cirule passed all these tests very successfully, so the commission decided to recommend her,” the head of the State Chancellery said.

Krievins has already informed Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola (Greens/Farmers) about the commission’s decision.

Reizniece-Ozola is likely to interview Cirule this Thursday, November 3, Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) told the press.

The government might decide on Cirule’s appointment as the next Revenue Service’s head next week.

Altogether, 19 applications were received in the tender organized to fill the vacant post of the State Revenue Service’s head. Eight candidates made it to the second round and four candidates advanced to the third round of the tender.

Panorama, the evening news program of Latvian Television, reported earlier that the candidates shortlisted for the third round of the tender included Andris Nikitins, deputy head of the financial stability department of the Bank of Latvia, Kaspars Rumba, a tax planning expert at Deloitte Latvia, Cirule and Kristaps Klauss, CEO of the Latvian Forest Industry Federation, who withdrew from the competition.

According to LETA archives, Cirule has graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Riga Technical University and received a master’s degree from Riga Business School in 2003.

Cīrule's LinkedIn account says that she has held managerial positions in Balta and Gjensidige Baltic insurance companies. Since 2012 she has worked as Head of Financial Division at Gjensidige Baltic.

Data from Firmas.lv business database show that Cirule is also a supervisory board member of Bastions ZS, an investment firm established in 1994. She also used to own shares in this company.

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