Janet Mullert and Wende Malster are two of the most successful Executive Search professionals specializing in Human Resources in the New England area. Working together for more than 20 years, they have secured outstanding HR leadership for high-growth Fortune 500 companies as well as start-up ventures in a full spectrum of industries from hi-tech and life sciences to financial services and hospitality.
We don’t just recruit employees, we build highly effective HR teams that enable corporations to attract, retain, and promote top talent—talent that drives innovation, productivity and success.
Whether you need to find your first VP of HR or transform an established department to meet changing needs, M2 Partners can help you secure the right people to create a dynamic corporate culture that motivates and supports employees to achieve. Our placement track record is exceptional: over 90% of our candidates are retained for more than one year and over 70% are promoted within three years.
Janet Mullert is a highly respected Human Resources search professional with more than 25 years' experience in the Boston market. She has managed searches for companies ranging from emerging start-ups to global Fortune 500 companies. An intuitive and astute analyst of corporate strengths and challenges as well as a sensitive and insightful career advisor to candidates, Janet brings her unique talents for “match-making” to all her searches. Prior to launching M2 Partners with Wende, her long-time colleague, she was a Vice President at Gatti & Associates. Janet enjoys being backstage with The Un-Common Theatre and cooking random recipes from old cookbooks.
Wende Malster has over two decades of search experience in Human Resources and the financial services sector. A meticulous “detective,” she uncovers the real needs of each client and develops a detailed picture of the skills, leadership style, temperament and other intangibles a candidate must possess to succeed in each position. Wende’s proven discernment and genuine commitment to client satisfaction have resulted in exceptionally high rates of retention and advancement for her clients. Prior to teaming up with Janet, her long-time colleague, she was a Vice President at Gatti & Associates. Wende enjoys getting up way too early in the morning for power yoga and eating any kind of fresh berries.
Richard Fleming joined M2 Partners in 2017 to lead the build-out of a national HR search practice. His career includes over 25 years of Retained Search and 15 years in HR leadership roles at the business unit and corporate levels. He is described as a thoughtful and thorough search professional, someone who approaches the assessment of people and organizations with wisdom, astute analytical skills, and pragmatic solutions. He has expertise nationally across a wide spectrum of industries, including healthcare, consumer products, technology, and higher education. Richard was a Senior Vice President with Gatti & Associates, and he is passionate about the Korean language and culture, a fine bottle of wine, and any type of jazz music.
Joann Almlof is a seasoned Talent Acquisition professional who has developed and implemented successful recruiting strategies for Corvias Group, Fidelity Investments, Hanover Insurance, and Lotus/IBM. While at Fidelity Investments, Joann supported the HR Leadership team, sourcing a steady stream of HR talent as they deepened the bench strength of their team. Her ability to build strong relationships with both business clients and candidates results in an effective partner/counselor, assuring the right candidate for the right role. Joann has her Masters in Human Resources Management from Lesley College. She enjoys anything and everything to do with animals and spends as much time as possible with her horse Monty and her two granddaughters.
Sarah Reardon has over 15 years’ experience in Recruiting and Human Resources, primarily in the retail and wholesale industries for Shaw’s Supermarkets, Destination XL and Autopart International. She blends her HR knowledge with a strong understanding of total business operations and project lead experience in the automation of recruitment lifecycles and HR systems. Sarah now enjoys her part-time role as Talent Project Associate, helping to keep the wheels turning behind the scenes at M2 Partners. She spends the rest of her time riding horses, dreaming of an epic craft room, and learning about life from her very imaginative toddler.
Simply put, we are assessment experts. We conduct an in-depth analysis of your company’s current and projected needs: Where are you going? What do you need to achieve your goals? What is your existing culture? What needs to be strengthened or changed? What kinds of people succeed there? What kinds don’t? We examine the “big picture” of the role of HR within the corporate structure as well as the smaller details that define each position. By the end of this consultative process, we strive to represent your organization as accurately and thoroughly as any insider would do.
And when we identify potential candidates, we perform the same kind of multi-dimensional inventory of skills, past performance, leadership style, preferred work environment and drive to ensure that the criteria match up from both sides. We make certain the candidates we present have a reality-based picture of the responsibilities, challenges and rewards of the position before they interview.
This business is based on relationships—that’s why we love what we do! We build lasting relationships with corporate clients and with rising and top-tier HR talent in many of New England’s premier companies. We know which companies are expanding or shifting focus, and which proven HR staff are ready for their next career move.
People spend more than 50% of their waking hours at work, so chemistry is essential to productivity and fulfillment. The right team can make things happen, the wrong team can stall progress. The fit has to be right to move companies and people forward. Nowhere is this more important than in Human Resources where the mission is to assemble leadership teams and foster an environment throughout the organization that promotes creativity, collaboration and results.
The retained search option is ideal for top management positions when finding that key executive is of paramount importance. It is also extremely useful for confidential searches. Throughout the process, we promote your company, strengthening your reputation as a highly respected employer of choice for leading HR professionals.
When you choose a retained search, M2 Partners is an extension of your HR team and we:
The engagement search option is the preferred method when you want to work closely with one vendor to help you cast a wide net for your position among the active candidate pool. Our expertise in quickly producing a locally based candidate slate and managing the process keeps your staff from getting bogged down and moves the search along quickly.
When you hire M2 Partners on an engagement basis to round out a department or team, we:
Our client is a Fortune 1000, publicly traded global information management company with close to 20K employees and $3B in revenue.
The Vice President of Total Rewards (with a team of 10 professionals) will function as the executive level strategic adviser to the SVP of HR, Chief People Officer, and members of the Executive Leadership team, and will be responsible for thought leadership and design/development of all compensation and benefit programs across the company.
Specific responsibilities include:
Ideal candidates will have a minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience leading a team of total rewards professionals within large, complex, publicly held organizations. Prior experience preparing BOD materials and proxy, and presenting to BOD Compensation Committee is required. Demonstrated business acumen, relationship building skills, and discipline expertise in all aspects of compensation planning is required. Confidence, collaborative demeanor, and an ability to "rally the troops" around change management and strategic project work.
Our client is a high growth, global technology organization voted a Best Place To Work for three consecutive years. With a collaborative and fast-paced culture and a community of passionate people across the globe, this is an opportunity to be a strategic HRBP to the Head of Sales and his leadership team.
We are seeking an individual who can:
Ideal candidates MUST HAVE prior experience supporting a commercial organization and partnering effectively with a VP of Sales who reports directly to the CEO. Proven ability to diagnose challenges and identify strategic solutions, while executing on plans in a timely manner. Strong background in team dynamics, leadership effectiveness, and facilitation as well as the ability to relate, influence, and coach at all levels in the organization. Strong analytical and communication skills are also required, and a BA/BA degree with a minimum of 10+ years of HRBP experience.
Our client is a fast growing, publicly traded, medical device organization, looking to build leadership pipeline in the HR organization. We are seeking an individual who has the following capabilities:
Ideal candidates will have worked in mid-to-large, matrixed organizations, within environments that thrive on innovation and "out-of-the-box" thinking. This organization does not operate in a programmatic, prescriptive model, but rather encourages entrepreneurial thinking and HR practitioners who are able to strategize and execute. This is primarily a high level individual contributor role, with access to some COE services. If you are someone who loves being close to the business, works well in ambiguity, and can drive change, this could be a great role for you.
Our client is a leading provider of clinically focused, community based behavioral health and substance abuse services. Operating across seven states and offering a continuum of services, the company is private-equity owned and backed, with plans to help the leadership build a business of significant value.
With a recent move in corporate HQ to Massachusetts, there is significant opportunity to upgrade the senior leadership team and add essential resources to the organization. This role is designed to provide the five operating units with tools and support they need to recruit more effectively and efficiently.
We are seeking an individual who will provide the following:
Ideal candidates will have 7-10+ years of experience and be independent, self-starters who have demonstrated experience in developing process, managing a dispersed workforce, and driving change initiatives to support an improved candidate experience. He/She will enjoy being a player-coach, retaining several executive level requisitions him/herself, and will be creative around high-volume sourcing for non-exempt and clinical staff. Although our client is open on industry, some healthcare background would be a plus. Prior experience managing people is required.
Our client is a very successful, mission oriented, for-profit organization that provides a spectrum of services to support working families. With a new CHRO and a greater desire to reward and recognize outstanding talent, we are seeking an individual to join in a newly created role that will be part of a dynamic HR organization and will help to develop solutions that will differentiate and offer competitive advantages for the company.
We are seeking an experienced HR professional who has broad experience in the design, implementation, communication, and administration of compensation programs and who is responsive and proactive in developing strategy that addresses the company's goals and objectives. Ideal candidates will be:
If you are a person who loves the compensation discipline, who likes to bring order and process to a home-grown function, and who enjoys working in an extremely casual, friendly, and progressive culture, this is the role for you. We can offer a flexible work schedule, inclusive of regular remote days and the technology and support to help you be successful.
To contact Janet Mullert,
or call 617-201-6832
To contact Wende Malster,
or call 617-512-8227
To contact Joann Almlof,
or call 401-595-1971
To contact Richard Fleming,
or call 774-217-3045