Priit Perens, the former head of Swedbank Baltic, was elected the new head of the Tartu University Hospital on Thursday by the hospital's supervisory board.
Tartu Mayor Urmas Klaas, chairman of the board, told ERR that Perens was selected because he has long and thorough management experience.
"He has led several structural reforms both in Estonia and in international companies, and his knowledge and skills are definitely very necessary in managing the UT clinic," said Klaas.
Perens had the full support of the council and the new manager will receive a monthly salary of €8,500. He will start work on October 1.
Perens told ERR he had decided to apply for the position, as the clinic is an important institution for Estonia and he would be able to use his management experience.
"The clinic has started preparing for management structure reforms at the beginning of the year. My vision is that I will enter the process and start taking it forward," he said.
"My experience with medicine is not very large, but my experience in leading large organizations, reorganizing them, motivating them and working with people is great," he added.
Perens worked as the CEO of Swedbank Estonia from 2008 to 2014, and from 2015 to 2017 he was the head of Swedbank Baltic Banking. Until 2019, he was a member of the Supervisory Board of Swedbank's Baltic Banks.
Since 2017, he has also been a member of the Supervisory Board of the Health Insurance Fund.
The former head of the hospital was Priit Eelmäe who stepped down in March.
Editor: Helen Wright