A man and the firm

Made for each other

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Monika Ciesielska

Managing Partner / Recruitment

An expert in recruitment and evaluating

the competences of management staff.  A head hunter.


For more than a decade, has been successfully recruiting

and auditing managerial competence at the highest level

for both international and Polish corporations.


Founder of Carpenter Consulting.

President at global network IMSA International Executive Search.

President of the advisory board at Elevato Software.


Management graduate from the Warsaw School

of Economics, as well as finance from the

University of Gdańsk. She holds a number

of press releases in business titles, such as:

Forbes, Puls Biznesu, Newsweek, Personel Plus,

Personel i Zarządzanie.


Monika is collector of contemporary art,

a passionate horse rider

and since recently, a fan of aviation.


Mum of a babygirl - Sophie.

Monika Ciesielska
IMSA expands into 3 new countries 21.05.2018

IMSA International Executive Search, a leading executive search network with 23 member countries and 37 offices worldwide, is pleased to announce, that during recent Spring Conference 2018 in Vienna, three new companies have been inducted as members. New partners joining the IMSA network come from Czech Republic, Hungary and Norway and will strengthen IMSA’s presence in Europe. This is a realization of IMSA’ strategy, which assumes expansion into several new countries in year 2018.

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Spring IMSA Conference in Vienna 23.04.2018

IMSA International Executive Search, a leading Executive Search network with offices present on 5 continents around the world, has held its first meeting of 2018 in Vienna, Austria. The meeting took place between 11th and 13th of April. The conference gathered representatives of almost all member companies. Delegates from 20 countries assembled to talk about changes currently taking place in the job market. Another leading topic of the meeting was changes inside IMSA with the following areas of focus: strengthening the relations inside the network, improving knowledge and business exchange, continuously building the IMSA Executive Search brand, summary of past activities and further development of Practice Groups (with special attention towards Healthcare & Life Sciences and Financial & Professional Services practice groups).

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How to employ a manager in HoReCa without losing your mind? 04.09.2018 @Monika Ciesielska

MAX is the oldest fast food chain in Sweden. This year it celebrated its 50th birthday and it boasts one hundred restaurants on the local market, with further outlets in Norway, Denmark, and Egypt. In Sweden, burgers served by MAX have been winning taste tests from the beginning of the company’s existence. Starting from 2015, when an independent customer satisfaction survey was carried out for the first time, Swedes have consistently found MAX’s burgers the most tasty – this way the brand defeats all larger international brands in tests. In 2017 MAX won in the blind taste test conducted in Wroclaw by Kantar Millward Brown, an independent polling agency.

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CEE Released - about the Polish Gene of Entrepreneurship 03.07.2018 @Monika Ciesielska

On June 21, 2018, the Warsaw Stock Exchange Quotation Room hosted the final of the Polish edition of the CEE Released program which was held by the CobinAngels Business Angels Network. I had the enormous pleasure of participating in this event as a member of the jury. Together with the remaining thirteen jury members, from among thirty two companies nominated by CobinAngels, we chose the fifteen which qualified for the Polish final and gained an opportunity to present their idea, company development plans, and expectations in terms of financing by investors.

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Case study: recruiting Drive Solutions CVT Manager for Continental 29.12.2017

Continental, a leading global automotive manufacturing company specialising in tyres, brake systems, interior electronics, chassis and fuel usage optimisation, approached Carpenter Consulting for help in search of a Drive Solutions CVT (Commercial Vehicle Tyres) Manager. The search project was conducted due to planned roll-out into new markets (including Poland) of an innovative Continental’s solution called Integrated Fleet Management (IFM).

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Individual career development plan - the dream of middle and senior management 12.05.2017

During interviewing with candidates for managerial positions, one of the interesting topics is motivation to changing the job. The most common answer is the opportunity for professional development and the challenges, that the organization offers to the newly-emplyoed. By deepening the topic of professional development, we come straight to individual development plans, where managers notice many benefits for themselves.

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Life in balance requires courage 29.12.2016

A clear demarcation between work​, home, and passion takes courage - but the change ​it brings, is worth it. An interview for the CXO.pl., with Monika Ciesielska-Rutkowska, Managing Partner of Carpenter Consulting, was conducted by Grzegorz Stech. - Do Polish managers actually know how to work? According to the studies, Polish work an average of 10 hours per day, we are one of the most intense working nations, and also the least effective. So if that's how the work look like, how do we take a rest?

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Tennis is a combination of passion with business 09.05.2016

We want a reasonable balance between how much time we devote to work and how much to our family and the development of our passions. The problem is that in many companies expectations for engagement and productivity are increasing. On the one hand, the performance bar is being raised every year, on the other hand we talk more and more about the Work Life Balance. An interview with Monika Ciesielska in the magazine "The Polish Tennis".

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Lemon and Marathon

Koń Lemon fot. Andrzej Rutkowski

Lemon and Marathon

Lemon ​and Marathon are the lovely English thoroughbred horses, stationed at the Racecourse of Służewiec (Warsaw). Since 2010, we provide our horses with bed and breakfast, which are in translation: an extensive paddock and systematic supplies of carrots. Both Lemon and Marathon are injured, what basically means, that we only can spoil them. And that we do with pleasure.

Lemon is extremely enthusiastic about people and horses, but has only one friend and it is Marathon. Lemon, although is very friendly, has a very strong and dominant character. He is the ringleader of escapes from the paddock. However, always makes sure that his friend is not lost and keeps his eye on him.

Both Lemon and Marathon, are honorary horse blood donors. They already rescued many horses' lives. We are pleased, that such a fantastic horses are the face, and in fact - the mouth of Carpenter Consulting. 


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Carpenter Consulting - IMSA Poland is steadily growing since 2005, as an expert in the area of assessing competencies of top and middle level of managers. As a Polish memeber of IMSA International Executive Search, we fulfill recrutiment projects internationaly.