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    We are M2.
    Recruiting talent that drives
    innovation, productivity and success.
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    We Know HR.
    building leadership teams
    that advance corporate goals.
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    the right fit moves companies and people forward.

Who we are.

Exceptional Experience, Hands-On Service, Proven Results.

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 15 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 20 years experience in Boston and New England. She has managed HR searches for mid and senior level executives for 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 where she secured exceptional Human Resources talent for such companies as Liberty Mutual, Rapid7, HeartWare, Old Mutual, and Parexel.

Wende Malster has over two decades of search and placement experience in Human Resources and Financial Services. 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 where she recruited HR professionals for companies such as GE, Bain Capital, Sonesta, Moderna Therapeutics, and Rhode Island School of Design.

Joann Almlof is a seasoned Talent Acquisition professional who has developed and implemented successful recruiting strategies for Lotus/IBM, Hanover Insurance, Fidelity Investments and Corvias. While at Fidelity Investments, Joann supported the HR Leadership team, providing industry expertise, 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 Master’s in Human Resources Management from Lesley College and since joining M2 Partners, has completed successful placements at Partners in Health,  Unum, BNY Mellon and Liberty Mutual.

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 took a career hiatus to welcome daughter Alexa in 2014, and now enjoys her part-time role as Talent Project Associate, helping to keep the wheels turning behind the scenes at M2 Partners.

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.

Current Client Organizations:

We offer two tiers of service: retained searches for executive and senior management positions and contingency talent sourcing for mid-level managers, directors and specialists.

Retained Search

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:

  • Conduct an extensive inquiry to ascertain the needs, structure and unique culture of your organization.
  • Work with you to define the responsibilities and requirements of the position and the characteristics of your organization that make it unique.
  • Cultivate a very select group of candidates who have recently held or currently hold HR leadership positions with relevant skills and experience.
  • Present a slate of top-tier candidates, oversee the details of scheduling interviews, collect feedback from candidate prospects and internal staff to assess what each is thinking and feeling about the opportunity, and identify the next steps in the process.
  • Provide broad and deep reference information on the finalists to determine ultimate fit for the role.
  • Advise you on developing a highly attractive offer to secure your top choice based on our understanding of what motivates each candidate.
  • Conduct personal follow-up with new hires and management within the first quarter of employment.

Contingency Assignments

A contingency assignment is the preferred method when you want to cast a wide net for your position among the active candidate pool. Our expertise in managing the process and the administrative details keeps your staff from getting bogged down and moves the search along quickly.

When you hire M2 Partners for talent sourcing to round out a department or team, we:

  • Conduct a needs assessment with the hiring manager.
  • Search our database for potential candidates.
  • Reach out to a targeted pool of candidates, sources and professional associations.
  • Review all resumes and respond to qualified candidates.
  • Select and interview top candidates.
  • Present up to five exceptional candidates for review.
  • Conduct reference checks on the finalist.

We are seeking ideal candidates for the following positions.
Please click on each position title to learn about responsibilities, experience requirements and how to apply.

  • Director of Learning & Organizational Effectiveness

    Boston, MA - multiple locations

    this link is temporary.

    We are seeking an experienced Learning and Development professional to develop and implement a learning strategy and programs that will help drive the execution of the organizational strategy and culture for our client – a large, reputable hospital, based in Boston and ranked among the top hospitals in the country. 

    Reporting to the Executive Director of Human Resources, this position will:

    • Create and redesign learning and development programs for various experience levels that drive the company’s initiatives and values
    • Conduct analysis of learning gaps and partner with management and employees to identify, analyze, develop and implement organizational development strategies and training programs, including delivery of new hire and management development training
    • Partner with HR team and business leaders on content development; coach HR business partners on classroom facilitation; manage learning resources and budget required to implement training plans, including the learning management system and e-learning
    • Supports wide-scale organizational development initiatives, including leadership and management development, employee staff surveys, customer service and chance management.
    • Influence and contribute to building a service culture.  Instill processes and tools that will drive consistent service delivery and common service behaviors
    • Measure the impact of various learning programs to ensure the appropriate business outcome is derived.  Assess opportunities for continued improvement, set goals and establish metrics for success, leveraging the learning management system for reporting and delivery of e-learning modules


    Ideal candidates will have 10+ years’ experience in corporate training; Master’s degree preferred.  Previous supervisory/management experience required, as this position manages a team of internal employees and external consultants. This role requires collaboration and communication across many divisions and levels of employees.  Our client is seeking someone with a comprehensive knowledge of learning and development principles, including proven experience with instructional design, technology based learning, adult learning theory, skill development, change management and process design. Experience in training and development for a service/customer-focused organization is helpful.

    Compensation is in the 130-140k range.
  • Senior Manager, Total Rewards

    Metrowest Boston

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is an emerging technology company with global locations supporting an international customer base, with headquarters in the Metrowest area.

    We are seeking a senior level manager of total rewards to lead a small team in a fast-paced environment.  

    • Develop and administer global compensation programs for all levels of the organization, including fixed and variable pay systems as well as job classification systems.  Oversee general payroll function for the organization.
    • Develop and administer global benefits programs including plan design, competitive analysis, cost control and compliance

    The ideal candidate has a minimum of 10 years of Human Resources experience in the total rewards area, ideally in the technical industry.  Must have leadership experience and be skilled at developing strong working relationships at all levels, with a high degree of client service. The ideal candidate will also possess strong analytical and creative problem solving skills, with proven experience implementing processes that meet business needs.



    Compensation for this position is in the 125 - 135K range, plus bonus
  • Director of Human Resources

    Canton, MA

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is a leading independent accounting firm with 75 years in business and 120 employees, based in beautiful new office space in Canton, MA.  This is a growing firm, with emphasis on providing a wide range of services to clients, yet maintaining strong, personalized client relationships.

    Reporting to the COO, the Human Resources Director is responsible for overseeing the design and development of Human Resources strategies and programs that are consistent with the company’s mission, core values and strategic plan. 

    • Lead recruitment activities Firm-wide; evaluate and create optimal recruitment and selection plans and programs that support company’s culture, success and growth
    • Oversee Firm organization planning and executive/staff development programs including (but not limited to): organizational needs assessments; training/development programs, career ladder development, skill inventories and management succession plans to meet present and future organizational needs.
    • Oversee development and administration of performance management, tying performance to short and long-term incentive programs, and aligning goals and competencies with company vision
    • Determine and recommend employee relations practices necessary to establish a positive employer-employee relationship and promote a high level of employee morale
    • Participate in the Firm’s strategic planning
    • Direct the administration of benefit programs to include: health, retirement, life, disability, and unemployment; recommend plan modifications, select insurance brokers/carriers

    The ideal candidate has 8-10 years of HR generalist experience, ideally in a professional services environment, with at least 4 years of people management experience.  If you are a highly creative individual, with the initiative to take on multiple projects and act as a change agent for a growing firm, this could be the position for you! 


    Compensation for this position is in the $115-130K range, in addition to an outstanding benefits package and work environment.

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To contact Janet Mullert,
email jmullert@m2-partners.com
or call 617-201-6832

To contact Wende Malster,
email wmalster@m2-partners.com
or call 617-512-8227

To contact Joann Almlof,
email jalmlof@m2-partners.com
or call 401-595-1971