About Us

Executive & Friends combines 20 years of experience in Executive Search, human resources management within large multinational organisations as well as high standards regarding both quality and ethics.

In line with our brand’s name, we put the Clients first and our role is to support them in managing their business challenges. Simultaneously, we support the Candidates in the development of their professional careers. In the same way we approach the Participants of our Executive Outplacement programs, experiencing the challenge of facing today’s labour market.

 
„My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”Henry Ford

This philosophy is represented in all actions taken by the Team of Executive & Friends.

Interim Executives

Some companies do not decide to create full-time jobs even, if they face critical business challenges. They may implement crisis management, engaging highly competent managers or expert, in various ways.

In such circumstances we propose to consider our solution providing adequate people to take on Interim Executive / Interim Manager / Interim Expert roles.

Interim Executives acting alone or within Crisis Boards are capable of taking another perspective on the company issues like e.g. unexpected and severe demand decline, financial liquidity problems or ineffective structure.

Interim Executives could be a solution for:

1. Lack of competence in agile crisis management.
2. Lack of restructuring and process optimisation strategy.
3. Lack of business model transformation strategy.
4. Deficit of change management experience.

 

Executive Outplacement

Company management also includes making hard decisions regarding ending the cooperation with key people, having executive, managerial or expert role. Particularly in the challenging world of VUCA.

Some employers notice the following risks:
1. Motivation decline among remaining employees.
2. Negative influence on Employer Branding.
3. Risks for company image on the market.

In this context we propose to consider our Executive Outplacement solution, including 11 Support Areas for the dismissed manager.

We manage those processes based on Executive Exit strategy agreed with the Client. Solution includes design of each stage as well as execution done by matter experts.

 
„Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”Michael Jordan

Executive & Friends team would also add “trust and respect” to the words of the basketball legend.

Why Friends?

It is a serious word and a serious commitment. No one is merely a business card or a CV. Professional and business challenges do not overshadow people we are interacting with.

To our Clients we recommend solutions, which work much longer than a warranty associated with this kind of services. We recommend Candidates for places, where they can achieve professional goals, develop themselves and fulfil their ambitions.

We use and provide valid information only, according to our best knowledge. We answer all those questions, where we are at liberty to provide answers. We clearly communicate the confidentiality level regarding the ongoing assignments.

Our fee does not depend on the results of the salary negotiations. Therefore, there is no conflict of interest and we propose solutions, which are best for our Clients, not the ones, which are most profitable for us.

People matter most to us.

That’s why Friends.

Team

Involved in  HR consulting field from 1992. Graduate of the Warsaw University, Social Psychology and a joint MBA program led by the University of Antwerp.

Human Resources & Communication Director at Novartis Consumer Health, Group Product Manager at Alima-Gerber, Brand Manager CEE at Cadbury Wedel (Cadbury Schweppes). Previously a Head of Research at Helmut Neumann International. Worked for 10+ years in  international consulting groups covering Europe, Asia, Americas & Africa.

A marathon runner, who reads avidly, learns passionately and occasionally travels to distant lands.

Rafał Jędrzejewski

Partner / CEO

HR expert and practitioner. Executive Coach and creator of Outplacement programs for managers and executives. HR strategist implementing business models as well as processes. Recruiter with long experience including positions at various seniority levels. Believes in so-called „human to human” organisations where company EVP are aligned with the values of employees.

Graduate of HR Management at SGH in Warsaw, Certified Assessor for Assessment & Development Centre (CAADC) and certified in SLG Thomas International Management System. ACC ICF Coach and Change Coach.

Passionate CMAS1 deep diver, combining her passion with travelling around the world.

Agnieszka Musiał-Terlecka

Partner

Has been working in recruitment industry for over 15 years. Gained experience in international recruitment companies working on managerial positions. Specialises in providing services for engineering, logistics, IT&Telecom and B2B sectors. Conducts recruitment processes for expert, managerial and executive positions within various departments. By building partnership relations with Clients and Candidates, creates trust and confidence in closing the most complex projects. Additionally supports professionals and managers in conscious career management.

Graduated from work psychology, also completed postgraduate studies in Human Resources Management and postgraduate studies in Management at SGH. Coach certified by PwC Business Coaching.

Loves jazz, skiing and spending time with family.

Agnieszka Jurkowska

Partner

Recruiter by passion as well as mentor in re-skilling processes (up-skilling / technological cross-skilling). Supports discovery of resources in changing the career path.

Graduate of Management at The Warsaw University, focus on Marketing. Graduate of Marketing at WSP in Warsaw, focus on Advertising. Believes in Life Long Learning, continuously enhance knowledge using books, online programs and own research.

Has 20 years of business experience gained on managerial positions in Telco industry (Netia) and Entertainment & Media (Multikino & Multikino Media). Follows various personal development trends, appreciates observing and identifying variety of talents in every person.

Insatiable traveller, owner of two dogs, in love with the Polish sea and the area of Gdańsk. Passionate about classical music and painting of the 19th century.

Klaudia Grabarczyk

Partner

Insightful analyst of data. Creatively thinking developer of contact network within the search processes.

Graduate of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw with a major in Psychology.

In her private life studies the art of improvisation wrongly understood as something accidental. She uses that experience in the area of making contacts and building relationships. In everyday life combines her inspirations to infect the young people with the spirit of dance.

Katarzyna Burzyńska

Research Associate

Devine Inventory®

Executive & Friends is a partner of The Devine Group; for almost 50 years the company is known for developing state-of-the-art employee analytic tools and is based in the U.S.

The Devine Inventory® is an online tool that helps organizations maximize their human resources capital. It is used globally by hundreds of multinational companies throughout the employee lifecycle. We will be happy to provide more detailed information regarding the challenges making our Clients use the Devine Inventory®. Competence Audit based on it is used by the Clients afraid of costly mistakes when hiring, promoting, transfering or defining the professional roles.

Rafał Jędrzejewski has been certified by The Devine Group to leverage the Devine Inventory®, and was trained in the head office of The Devine Group in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.


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„He (employer) cannot succeed alone, no matter how great his ability or capital. Business today is more than ever a question of cooperation.”Orison Swett Marden

Executive & Friends team believes that these words of an American writer living in the years 1848–1924 remain true to this day.

Challenges

We have been recently working on the following assignments:

General Manager – Medical Devices

General Manager – Steel

General Manager – Automotive Aftermarket

General Manager – FMCG

General Manager – Pharmaceuticals

General Manager – Automotive Tier 1 / Tier 2 / Aftermarket

Operations Director – Medical Devices

Human Resources Manager – Manufacturing

Marketing Director – Automotive

Development Director – Retail

Category Director – Retail

Branch Director – Steel

General Manager – Industrial Technologies

Country Sales Manager – Agricultural Machinery

Country Manager – Pharmaceuticals

Country Manager – Automotive

Country Sales Manager – Automotive

Finance Manager – Packaging

General Manager – Automotive Retail

PMO Manager – Professional Services

Purchasing Manager – Professional Services

Finance Manager – Professional Services

Country HR Manager – Professional Services

Head of Construction – Building Systems

Director of Strategic Partnerships – Cybersecurity

CFO – Cybersecurity

Digital Marketing Manager – Cybersecurity

Sales Director – IT

Sales and Marketing Director – Automotive

Sales Director – Pharmaceuticals

Business Development Director – Management Consulting

Sales Director – IT / Telco

Sales Director – Professional Services

Area Sales Export Manager Eastern Europe – FMCG

Sales Area Manager DE / AT / NL – Building Materials

Commercial Director – Chemicals

Sales Director – Automotive

Commercial Director – Household Appliances

National Key Account Manager – Automotive

Sales Manager (Finance & Banking) – IT

Sales Manager – Furniture / Design

Country Representative Poland – Chemical Raw Materials

Commercial Director – Food Ingredients

Business Development Director – Professional Services

Finance Manager – Professional Services

Sales Manager – Professional Cosmetics

Sales Manager – Cloud Technology

Strategic Accounts Project Manager – Professional Services

Regional Sales Manager Poland & DACH – Automotive

Sales Executive – IoT / Embedded Software

Enterprise Marketing Manager – IoT / Embedded Software

Network Development Director – NGO

EU Logictics Account Manager – TSL

HR Manager – Cybersecurity

„We take challenges which may be as complicated as the rules of cricket. More importantly, we always play in the same team as you are.”Executive & Friends Team

Contact

Please contact Rafał Jędrzejewski directly at r.jedrzejewski@executiveandfriends.com +48 607 11 11 76
or Agnieszka Musiał-Terlecka at a.musial@executiveandfriends.com +48 602 744 310 or Agnieszka Jurkowska a.jurkowska@executiveandfriends.com +48 604 151 517 or Klaudia Grabarczyk k.grabarczyk@executiveandfriends.com +48 502 555 907.