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.
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:
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:
Our client is an established leader in the international travel business with headquarters in Boston.
The Senior Vice President of People and Culture will report to the COO and be responsible for aligning HR programs and processes to corporate values, competencies and strategic goals. This will include all aspects of Human Resources, including talent acquisition, organizational design, performance management, associate relations, benefits administration, internal communication and company events.
The ideal candidate will be a strong relationship-builder with all levels of an organization and thrive in a culture of growth and change. Leadership skills and 10+ progressive years of HR experience as an HR Generalist are required. Candidates should possess strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to analyze data to make decisions and recommendations. We’re seeking a flexible, outgoing, resourceful self-starter to help this successful organization implement HR best practices and continue to grow.
Our client is a leading global life sciences company specializing in rare diseases, operating with over 20,000 employees in more than 100 countries.
The Organizational Effectiveness Consultant is a Senior Manager/Associate Director level role focused on creating and implementing Organizational Effectiveness frameworks for the organization in key areas such as Diversity & Inclusion, Team Effectiveness, Culture & Engagement and Change Management.
The ideal candidate has a proven record of success working at a senior level within a global organization. We are seeking an individual who has worked as a strategic HRBP with deep OE domain knowledge or human capital consulting industry experience. Candidates must possess an undergraduate degree. An advanced degree in Human Resources, Organizational Effectiveness or Business, or an HR professional qualification is preferred. Must have previous experience consulting to HR and the business on Organizational Effectiveness and have acted as a thought leader in this field. Candidates should have the ability to work across multiple business units in different geographies with professionalism and cultural sensitivity.
Our client is an emerging communications and analytics software company based in Boston. The company is poised for explosive growth, doubling in size in the next 12-18 months.
The company is looking for an innovative, human resources “game changer” to report directly to the CEO and work closely with the executive team as the Company’s first HR leader. This person will be responsible for building the highest quality people programs and processes around the attraction, development and retention of talent that will fuel the growth and success of the company.
The ideal candidate is passionate about early stage technology companies and has prior experience working in a start-up environment.Equally important will be the ability to build infrastructure and shepherd the culture, aligning people practices with business strategy, and ensuring HR initiatives can be scaled for significant and rapid growth.Someone who is enthusiastic, resourceful, innovative, and highly collaborative will be critical success factors; this is a unique opportunity to define a role and truly impact the organization.Must have specific expertise in all aspects of talent acquisition (setting up sourcing strategy, candidate assessment, processes/systems and branding, and building an ongoing pipeline of talent.)A minimum of ten years’ experience is required.
Our client is small but super high-growth, global life sciences company based north of Boston.
We’re seeking an innovative and enthusiastic HR Business Partner/Director level candidate to act as a strong #2 to the SVP of HR to help build programs while managing the day to day. This role will provide strategic and day-to-day functional guidance and support on all HR programs and initiatives - identification, design and implementation of programs that meet human capital needs at all levels of the organization.
The ideal candidate has 10+ years’ experience as an HR BP/Manager, preferably within life sciences, medical devices/pharmaceutical environment. Undergrad degree is required and advanced degree or HR certification is preferred.We’re seeking someone that can build strong relationships with managers and employees at all levels, develop innovative HR programs or solutions to improve efficiency or address issues, and also maintain a high level of service to the organization.
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