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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 Micah and her two granddaughters.

Valerie Neville is a veteran recruiter with over fifteen years of experience. She is passionate about placing top talent and has been successful by taking the time to listen to what is truly important to each and every candidate and making sure every candidate experience is exceptional. Valerie began her career in the non-profit and healthcare sectors. She quickly realized that matching people with their dream jobs was a huge passion of hers, and moved into recruiting, first with two smaller staffing firms and then in corporate recruiting with FedEx Services in Memphis and almost five years at EnerNOC, Inc. in Boston. Valerie is an alumnus of Ithaca College and currently resides in the suburbs of Boston with her husband and two daughters.

Kathy Spillane is excited to collaborate with M2 Partners, bringing over 15 years of recruiting experience in Executive Search as well as leading in-house recruiting teams at Fortune 100 companies. Her clients have included startups hiring their first employee, to mid-sized organizations and large multinationals looking for strategic hires. Kathy has worked in Boston and NYC for firms like Prudential, State Street Global Advisors, and John Hancock Financial. With broad expertise across financial services, technology, and of course Human Resources, Kathy enjoys identifying and assessing top talent for competency and cultural fit. Kathy is an alumnus of Villanova University and currently resides in the suburbs of Boston with her husband and two children.

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:

Head of Human Resources

Vice President, Compensation & Benefits

Director of Learning & Development, US Tower

Vice President of Compensation

Senior Director, Global Total Rewards

Senior Director, Global Recruiting

Vice President, People Operations & Global Compensation

Senior Director, Global Talent Acquisition & Employer Brand

Chief Human Resources Officer

Director of Talent & Organizational Development

Senior Director of Human Resources

Director, Strategic Talent Management & Leadership

Director of Human Resources

Senior Director, Human Resources

Divisional Director, Human Resources

Senior Vice President, Total Rewards

Director, Executive Compensation

Vice President, People Operations

Vice President, Talent Acquisition

Vice President, Compensation & Benefits

Vice President of People Operations

Talent Acquisition Manager

Global Talent Acquisition Leader

Director, Strategic Talent Management

Vice President, People Strategy

Director of Human Resources

Chief Learning Officer

Director, Human Resources Business Operations

Vice President of Global Talent Strategy

Vice President, Human Resources

Director, Talent Acquisition

Vice President, Total Rewards

Vice President of Human Resources

Director of Human Resources

Assistant Director, HR Operations & Talent

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.

  • Senior Director/VP of Human Resources, high growth technology company

    Newton, MA

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is a software as a service company that was founded in 2013 and has twice been named to the BBJ’s annual Fast 50 List, as well as having experienced 542% growth since inception.  The company’s proprietary technology leverages AI and machine learning to provide a wide range of client organizations with secure  exam/assessment content, test integrity, and streamlined experience.  The company has doubled in size over the past year, and recently received a $90M investment from Boston-based private equity firm Great Hill Partners.

    This is an opportunity to become the firm's first leader of Human Resources, and we are seeking someone to build, scale, and lead all people related activities for the organization.  Working collaboratively in a fast-paced, high growth environment, the Vice President of Human Resources will be the focus and driver of people processes and activities and will be tasked to build a distributed HR team leveraging our leadership development talent. He/She will be a key member of the management team and will need to deftly navigate the balance and trade-offs between delivering for today and investing for the future.

    Specific responsibilities include:

    • Focus on recruiting, real-time skill development, compensation and benefits, and performance management
    • Implement forward looking automation to enable efficiency and employee self-service
    • Establish hiring and skill development programs that yield the right capabilities, at the right time, and at the right price 
    • Knit together employee centers, remote employees (currently in Newton, Atlanta, and India), and selected contractors into an integrated, high performing workforce; prior experience working with European and APAC offices and/or consultants with expertise in international employment law is preferred
      • Elevate Leadership Development Program to serve as a cornerstone of entry level staff development, and cascade through additional levels in the organization
      • Establish standards, policies and baseline processes and establish performance metrics, expectations, competencies and skills
      • Project organizational scale, flexibility and sophistication to investors, accounts, and competitors

      The ideal candidate will have at least ten years people management experience, primarily building scalable and global processes for technology centric or other high-growth organizations.  He/She will thrive in a growing organization where evolution and change is a way of life.  Prior experience selecting and implementing HR applications and tools is highly desirable, as is someone who can create and shepherd a "one-company-culture" across a global staff.

        Base salary range target is 160-180K, with additional bonus and private equity shares. Generous benefits, including fully paid health insurance, will be provided. ONLY LOCAL CANDIDATES. If you are interested, please contact Wende at wmalster@m2-partners.com.
      • Director of Human Resources

        Boston, MA - near South Station

        this link is temporary.

        Our client is a global cloud computing company with approximately 1K employees and plans for continued growth domestically and abroad.  This exponential growth has created the need and opportunity for two Director level HRBP's to join the HR team, reporting to the CHRO, and facing off with clients in the Sales/Commercial area or the Technology/Engineering area.

        Job responsibilities will include:

        • Partnering with organizational leaders to leverage human capital
        • Fully owning Employee Engagement, including employee satisfaction and morale, human capital KPIs, workforce planning, succession planning, employee and team performance
        • Helping to develop leaders, including providing feedback, solving complex employee relations issues, coaching around difficult conversations, and performance management
        • Working with leaders and HR colleagues to create career maps for employees, including career planning, assignment and experience-making, coaching and counseling
        • Influencing strategy with data-driven recommendations and consulting on organizational design, compensation and talent development

        Ideal candidates will have at least 10 years of progressive HRBP experience, demonstrated capabilities in resolving complex organizational and employee relations issues; how to align human capital strategy to business goals; prior experience working with geographically dispersed teams; strong analytical skills and a high energy interpersonal style.  Working in a fast-paced, ever changing and evolving organization is critical to success, as is self-confidence and leadership/management of a small team.

        Target compensation includes base salary up to 200K with additional bonus and the potential for equity participation.

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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

      To contact Valerie Neville,
      email vneville@m2-partners.com
      or call 617-429-3092

      To contact Kathy Spillane,
      email kspillane@m2-partners.com
      or call 917-575-4408