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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 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.

Current Client Organizations:

We offer two tiers of service: retained searches for executive and senior management positions and engagement search for mid-level 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.

  • Talent Advisor

    Boston, MA

    this link is temporary.

    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:      

    • Provide strategic, integrated thinking and consultative support to the business that will attract, develop and drive organizational and operational talent outcomes.
    • Design short and long term talent strategies in areas such as strategic workforce planning, manager effectiveness, leadership capabilities, talent development, employee engagement, succession planning and diversity/inclusion.  Ensure plans support business development and goals and remain consistent with company culture.
    • Create communication and change management plans that support defined programs; clearly communicate talent strategies and plans to all levels of the organization in a way that will drive employee engagement strategies and leverage existing frameworks, processes and tools throughout the company.
    • Coach executives and senior leaders on leadership effectiveness and pro-actively monitor talent related metrics to determine program effectiveness and identify gaps with talent initiatives or practices.


    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.   

    Compensation for this position is targeted in the 160-180k range.
  • Head of Total Rewards

    Cambridge, MA

    this link is temporary.

    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.

    • Plan, analyze, implement and communicate company-wide compensation and benefits programs that support business goals and objectives and position the company as a sought after employer.
    • Determine and set the key annual compensation priorities by identifying the necessary items to support short and long-term goals as well as opportunities for continuous improvement.
    • Manage executive compensation, sales force compensation, base pay, short and long-term incentive programs, and employee recognition.
    • Develop and manage benefit programs including all health plans such as medical, dental, vision, FMLA, Flexible Spending Accounts, 401(k), life and disability insurance
    • Develop and manage wellness plans that promote quality employee experiences including work-life balance, stress management, and engagement

    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.


    Compensation for this position is targeted in the 200-250K range.
  • Director of Total Rewards

    Downtown Boston

    this link is temporary.

    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.    

    • Establish compensation strategy for the company, ensuring all compensation & rewards programs and practices are aligned with the culture and business goals as well as competitive and supportive of recruitment, engagement and talent development.
    • Lead the building of standardized job levels, career ladders and comp ranges for the company
    • Set strategy for global benefits and continuously evaluate all benefit plans to ensure they are cost effective, competitive and met company and employee needs.
    • Measure success and identify opportunities for changes in plan design, vendors and/or funding
    • Determine and execute appropriate communication strategy for benefits (open enrollment, health and wellness, retirement, etc), and develop employee benefits education 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. 


    Compensation is targeted in the 150k base salary range, as well as bonus and equity.
  • Director of Human Resources

    Western MA

    this link is temporary.

    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.

    • Develop practices and programs that support the college’s mission, foster an inclusive community and position the college to attract and retain a highly qualified and diverse workforce. 
    • Oversee a staff of 11 responsible for delivering services across employment & staffing, employee/labor relations, compensation, payroll, benefits policy & procedure development, HRIS, performance management and training.
    • Collaborate with administrative and academic departments on all HR and cultural matters
    • Leverage effective and responsive HR policies and operations to deliver on goals.

    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.    




    Compensation for this position is targeted in the 150-170K range, with relocation assistance as an option.
  • HR Change Management Communications Leader

    Waltham, MA

    this link is temporary.

    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. 

    • Create and manage all communication strategies and content around HR strategy and transformation initiatives
    • Develop and implement communications processes and procedures to ensure efficiency, accuracy and productivity in the organization
    • Create dynamic content and employee centric solutions to drive change and engagement throughout the company
    • Develop and manage metrics to measure effectiveness of communication content to employees

    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.




    Compensation for this position is targeted in the 120-150K range, plus bonus.

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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