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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Our client is a leading, 5000 employee, global medical device company with a commitment and focus on cutting edge technology.
As a Director-level HR Business Partner, this role serves as the human resources business consultant to senior management and business partners on organizational issues such as change management, talent management, culture, team functioning, and leadership effectiveness. Clients include corporate groups: Finance, Legal, Accounting, HR and IT. Key responsibilities include:
The ideal candidate has 10+ years of experience as an HR Business Partner, with at least 5 years managing small teams. Candidates should be experts in key HR functions, with a strong ability to initiate strategic discussion and follow up with action plans and implementation to meet objectives. Establishing trust, effectively partnering with business leaders and delivering on commitments in a high-energy, fast-paced environment is required. Prior experience in mid-to-large size, global, matrixed organizations is preferred.
Our client is a successful retail company with 15K employees, operating in 75 countries and with global sales of over $1.5 billion.
We’re seeking a dynamic Human Resources Director to provide strategic HR business partnership and to create a highly effective, engaged and team-oriented workforce. This position reports to the Senior Vice President of HR for the Americas, and is a critical leader in enabling the people strategies within the retail organization to drive business. Responsibilities include:
Candidates for this position must have 5+ years prior multi-site retail experience, with supervisory experience. BA/BS degree required, and an SPHR certification is preferred. Must be well-versed on HR policies, procedures, guidelines and current and forthcoming federal, state and local employment laws. A strong understanding of business processes and operations and how HR ties into those functions is essential. Ideal candidates have a strong mix of strategic and tactical skills, along with strong facilitation, coaching, communication and project management skills. Approximately 20% domestic travel is required for this position.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Our client is global, publicly-traded life sciences company specializing in treatment of rare diseases.
We’re seeking an innovative and enthusiastic Talent Acquisition professional to elevate the performance of the current team and all recruiting processes, ultimately enhancing the employment brand in the market. Through innovation, continuous improvement, collaboration and change management, this role will assess current recruitment marketing, technology and tools and build a world class process focused on attracting top talent and delivering an excellent candidate experience. Key responsibilities include:
The ideal candidate has 10+ years’ of recruitment experience with a minimum of 5 years leading a function in a corporate setting, preferably within life sciences, pharmaceutical or biotech industries.Undergrad degree is required and advanced degree or HR certification is preferred.We’re seeking someone a collaborative, action-oriented individual with experience developing and executing comprehensive recruitment programs.
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