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 large global financial services and insurance company, headquartered in Boston.
Due to significant growth, the company has decided to add several new Talent Advisor roles. This position will be responsible for strategic partnership with an assigned Corporate department to work collaboratively to drive talent and organizational strategies aimed at achieving business goals and objectives. The key responsibilities are:
The ideal candidate has a Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) and 10+ years of Human Resources experience, with at least 2 years in a management position. Experience working within a large, global organization is strongly preferred. Must have in-depth experience with HR programs and theories within leadership development, organizational effectiveness and design, learning and development, performance management, career management, succession planning, coaching an developing and diversity and inclusion awareness/plans. Candidates should have demonstrated ability to integrate talent strategies and programs across multiple functions to deliver improved business results. Strong influencing and coaching skills, as well as exceptional communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills is required.
Our client is an emerging biotech and pharmaceutical company based in Cambridge.
The Head of Total Rewards is responsible for leadership, design and management of a Total Rewards Portfolio that will attract, motivate and retain a best-in-class, growing employee population.
The ideal candidate has 10+ years of experience in the design, development and delivery of total rewards programs in creative, innovative, high-growth organizations. Demonstrated strong knowledge of executive compensation and equity compensation, as well as experience developing sales incentive compensation models/programs. Experience working with benefits programs, vendors and brokers for health, dental, life & disability, 401(k), etc. Candidates should be collaborative in business partnerships, self-directed, organized, detail oriented and results driven, with strong communication/presentation skills and a commitment to quality and service. This is a strategic and tactical role, so ability to flex as needed is critical.
Our client is global, growing IT company with a fantastic culture, based in downtown Boston.
The Director of Total Rewards is an innovative position, charged with building, leading, and implementing total rewards programs, plans and policies that foster a strong culture. This position is responsible for strategic direction and leadership of all aspects of Total Rewards, including design, administration, communication, compliance and vendor management associated with employee benefits, compensation, reward and recognition programs.
Ideal candidates will have a minimum of 10 years experience in Total Rewards, including experience leading a Total Rewards function on a global scale. Experience in both employee benefits and compensation strategy, planning, design and implementation is essential. Candidates should enjoy thinking outside the box for creative solutions to business demands and bring cutting edge knowledge, and the ability to influence. Must be able to mobilize a team to execute on the strategy they set. All in all – looking for an innovative leader that is passionate about making a mark in the Total Rewards space.
We’re seeking an experienced individual to join a prestigious higher education institution in western MA. As Director of Human Resources, this person will act as the Chief Human Resources Officer, responsible for designing and implementing leading services and programs for all aspects of HR for the college. This key role will have many opportunities to implement creative and innovative HR programs as a result of a new campus-wide strategic planning effort.
The ideal candidate has 10+ years of strategic HR leadership with a generalist background, ideally with experience in higher education. Dedication to working in a mission-driven and highly collaborative environment is essential. Must have experience in organizational effectiveness, employee and labor relations, benefits and performance management. Candidates should have prior experience leading a team of HR professionals and be a trusted and transparent advisor to management, inspiring and managing change.
We’re seeking a talented individual to join a successful life sciences and environment health company as a Human Resources Change Management Communications Leader. This role will create communication change strategies around HR transformations and promote awareness around HR initiatives such as employee value proposition, learning and development changes and employee spotlights.
The ideal candidate has 10 years of HR experience and at least 4 years in HR related communications – MBA or Masters degree in HR preferred. Must have proven success and examples of providing communication around HR strategy. Strong ability to develop and leverage multiple communications channels including email, video, blogs, presentations and internal website. Candidates should enjoy working on agile, fast-paced and forward thinking teams utilizing best practice methodologies.
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