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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 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 Greater 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 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. 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 Jackson 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 and her second child, born in the summer of 2017.

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 search for executive and senior management positions and engagement search for managers, directors and individual contributors.

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.

Engagement Search

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:

  • 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 Talent Acquisition

    Waltham, MA

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is a cutting-edge and rapidly growing global technology company that works with a broad range of industry clients to improve their website performance. 

    Working out of the Waltham, MA location, this is a great opportunity to fuel the expansion of a successful, high-growth organization through the hiring of top talent and utilization of appropriate systems, processes and resources.  This role goes beyond traditional sourcing and attracting of the best talent; this individual will drive a world class candidate experience and bring true partnership between HR, Executives and Hiring Managers in the development of recruiting strategy.

    • Provide leadership, direction and motivation to the global talent acquisition team
    • Lead by example; in current growth phase, this position is hands-on helping to hire leaders and support business growth through talent acquisition
    • In addition to Talent Acquisition responsibilities, this leadership role includes budget responsibility, people management and the creative vision to build, enhance and scale the company as a world-class technology organization
    • Develop and manage employer branding, develop and track hiring metrics, provide interview skills training across the company, continuously evaluate recruitment processes and technology in support of growth
    • Drive an exceptional candidate experience across the organization

    Ideal candidates will have 10-15 years experience in full cycle recruitment, with at least 8 years in management and leadership roles.  Experience in a growing and globally dispersed team and workforce is desirable.  Candidates must have demonstrated experience with the implementation of innovative recruitment tools, technology and best practices.  Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.  The ability to thrive in a rapidly growing organization, develop business relationships, provide outstanding service, identify top talent and understand cultural differences is critical to success in this role.      

    Compensation is targeted in the 175-190k base salary range, with additional bonus and equity.
  • Director of Human Resources

    Waltham, MA

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is a global biopharmaceutical company with a diversified product portfolio and a strong clinical pipeline. 

    We’re seeking a confident and savvy Director/HR Business Partner that will be integral in building a best-in-class commercial team and aligning the people strategy with business strategy. 

    • Support the effective development, deployment and reward of resources and talent to achieve strategic and operational objectives, including business expansion
    • Coach Business Leaders on people related matters; work with clients and other HR partners to manage employee relations issues
    • Build working relationships with the HR Centers of Excellence functions (Compensation, Benefits, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management) to roll out corporate wide programs and ensure client’s needs are understood and met.
    • Partner with clients and other HR members to implement and manage HR processes, including: annual performance management process, compensation planning, job analysis/evaluation, workforce planning, succession planning

    The ideal candidate is a mission-driven individual with strong perseverance, motivation and confidence.Candidates should have 15+ years’ progressive HR experience, ideally in the biotech/pharma industry. Undergrad degree is required and advanced degree or HR certification is preferred.We’re seeking someone that can build strong relationships with employees at all levels, and is credible and trusted as a functional expert to senior management.Candidates should have demonstrated experience operating as a leader, influencing change and transformation.

    Compensation for this position is in the 180-225k range plus bonus and equity.
  • Vice President of Human Resources

    Boston, MA

    this link is temporary.

    We have been retained by The Home for Little Wanderers, one of New England’s largest child and family service agencies, to conduct the search for their new Vice President of Human Resources.  The VP HR will report to the CEO and partner closely with the Executive Management team in both living the organization’s values of transparency, engagement, understanding, creativity and accountability, and in driving organizational performance that positively impacts and enhances the services provided to children and families.   

    Key deliverables are:

    • CEO & EMT Partnership: Provide strategic thinking and solutions to talent, culture, diversity & inclusion, communication, and organizational effectiveness challenges.
    • Talent Management: Develop and lead a talent management strategy for assessing and developing talent across the organization
    • Diversity & Inclusion: Develop a robust diversity & inclusion strategy with core principles and practices in workforce engagement, recruitment, talent management and learning initiatives. 
    • Culture Champion: Champion and pulse the understanding of the organization’s culture, and facilitate both its enhancement and the EMT’s shared responsibility for developing practices and communication that foster a high performing and engaged workforce.
    • Accountability: Continue inroads made in performance management and enhance coaching and feedback delivery.
    • HR Delivery Model: Assess and enhance the current HR structure, service delivery excellence and competencies necessary for credible partnership as effective solutions providers.


    The ideal candidate is a strategic leader and culture champion with a high degree of service and accountability, 10-15+ years of HR leadership experience, and ideally has supported multi-site and non-exempt professionals. Industry experience in non-profit or healthcare is preferred, otherwise experience leading HR within a high performance organization is required. Candidates should have executive presence in communicating and working effectively with all levels of an organization, as well as strong influencing skills and the ability to translate strategic thinking into action. We’re seeking demonstrated experience in building KPI’s, metrics, dashboards and use of predictive analytics to anticipate and solve talent challenges.  


    Compensation for this position is targeted in the 140-160K range with comprehensive benefits. We are seeking only local candidates as the budget does not support relocation.
  • Senior Director, Human Resources

    Cambridge, MA

    this link is temporary.

    We’re working with a growing pharmaceutical company, specializing in innovative cancer treatment, to fill the role of Senior Director of Human Resources.  The company is transitioning from a research and development to a commercial organization, and is seeking a strong HR leader to develop existing talent and hire new skill sets.  Primary responsibilities include:

    • Leading the build-out of infrastructure, programs and processes to enable delivery of a comprehensive suite of HR services across the organization.
    • Expand and oversee the day-to-day aspects of the HR department in the areas of talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, employee relations, performance management and HR policy/compliance
    • Manage HR systems and processes related to employee data, metrics and analytics.
    • This role will manage a small team of HR professionals, oversee vendor/contract management, and have budget oversight
    • Assist in the development of growth opportunities in the areas of Talent Management, Organizational Effectiveness and further development of the HRBP role

    The ideal candidate is a collaborative individual with 10+ years of progressive responsibilities as a Generalist/Business Partner. Candidates who bring a broad knowledge of HR best practices from a variety of work experiences in the pharmaceutical or life sciences industry, including large and small/growing companies, is helpful, as the business infrastructure is growing and changing. Proven project management skills and the ability to influence leaders through listening, collaboration and presentation of information is desired. Experience developing Compensation and Benefits philosophy, programs and administration is also preferred. Candidates should have strong experience operating as a leader, influencing change and transformation while ensuring effective day-to-day HR operation.

    Compensation for this position is in the 200-225K range plus bonus and equity.
  • Director of Human Resources - Americas

    Greater Worcester/Mass Pike area

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is a global manufacturer of high-performance lasers for diverse applications and industries, with US headquarters based in Massachusetts.

    We’re seeking a hands-on leader who, as Director of HR for the Americas, will oversee the high-quality development and ­­delivery of HR strategy, practices and processes across North and South America.  The role is part of the Global HR leadership team, and will also act as HR Business Partner to corporate functional leaders of Finance, IT, Operations, Legal, HR and Sales & Marketing.   ­­

    • Plan and execute strategic HR initiatives, aligned with business objectives
    • Evolve organizational development initiatives as needed in training and development, leadership talent assessment and developing programming, workforce and succession planning.
    • Lead HR due diligence and develop executable integration planning in support of M&A activity and change management.
    • Counsel and coach the HR team regarding employee relations issues; lead the business focus on attraction, selection, retention, development, succession and assessment strategies
    • Develop and retain a high-performing HR organization

    The ideal candidate is a strong HR leader and coach with 12+ years of HR experience in all HR functions including recruiting, compensation, benefits, organizational development and employee relations.  International experience is required, and candidates who have directly managed HR functional teams outside of the US are strongly preferred. Candidates should have experience in the integration and acquisition of companies, excel at building positive business relationships and have proven abilities to objectively coach through complex, difficult and emotional issues with notable conflict resolution experience. BA/BS degree is required and advanced degree or HR certification is preferred.

    Compensation for this position is in the 160-190k range with incentive opportunity.

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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

To contact Richard Fleming,
email rfleming@m2-partners.com
or call 774-217-3045