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    We are M2.
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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.

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 of Organizational Development

    Cambridge, MA

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    Our client is a global, high-growth, specialized biotech organization with 1000 employees worldwide. We are searching for an individual who will be responsible for assessing organizational needs and performance, leading change management initiatives, and designing/facilitating programs that support the organization's evolving culture. This role collaborates closely with Learning & Talent Management, the HR Business Partners, and the executive leaders to identify organizational development opportunities and create solutions to increase employee engagement and business success. 

    Reporting to the Head of Human Resources, specific responsibilities will include:

    • Partnering with senior HR and enterprise leaders across the company to help solve complex organizational challenges and implement change strategies while transforming the culture to one with an OD mindset, knowledge, and skills
    • Providing  change management support for business groups to further the transformation of culture, increasing the ability to meet current and future business challenges
    • Working collaboratively with L&TD to continuously evolve the design, development, and implementation of programs, policies, and strategies to address evolving business needs
    • Effective deployment of programs, tools, and processes including organizational and cultural assessments and individual coaching
    • Consulting with HRBPs on team specific employee engagement strategies; provide guidance and consultation on employee engagement results, and provide ad hoc consulting services across the business

    Ideal candidates will have:

    • Advanced degree in Organizational Development, Organizational Behavior, Industrial/Organizational Psychology or an advanced understanding of Change Management and Organization Design theory and practice 
    • Demonstrated consulting skills and relationship management with HR and senior leaders 
    • Ability to gain credibility and influence with executive audiences 
    • Demonstrated project management, organizational skills and confidentiality with sensitive information 
    • 10+ years of experience as an internal or external Organizational Development consulting 
    • Facilitation skills and training 
    • Influencing and internal skills and experience in high growth and change environment 
    • Multi-rater Assessment training and certifications
    Attractive six-figure base salary with additional bonus and equity grant. Please contact Janet Mullert at jmullert@m2-partners.com or (617) 201-6832.
  • Vice President, Total Rewards

    Rhode Island

    this link is temporary.

    We have an exciting opportunity to join a well-known, global, consumer products and entertainment company with 5K employees and $5B annual revenue.  Our client has a diversified product line, is consistently honored for its commitment to making the world a better place for children and their families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, and has been ranked one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

    The Vice President of Total Rewards is responsible for setting the strategic direction for all compensation and benefits programs, and for leading the creation, development, and delivery of innovative and distinct programs to attract and retain a diverse skill set of talent across multiple business lines (consumer products, digital, and entertainment.) Reporting to the CHRO and leading a matrixed, global team, specific responsibilities will include:

    • Leading and enhancing the Compensation and Benefits philosophy, ensuring alignment with Company values and vision and subscribing to the guiding principle of rewards programs that are contemporary, competitive and cost effective
    • Partnering with the CHRO and broader HRBP leaders, executive management, and external executive compensation consultant on design, analysis and implementation of executive compensation programs
    • Managing and leading all aspects of Compensation Committee agendas and work, overseeing the preparation of materials and presentation of information at frequent BOD Meetings
    • Providing subject matter expertise and guidance with regard to competitive market data, current trends, and innovative solutions in support of the attraction and retention of key talent for the organization
    • Assessing and developing creative pay practices based on organizational needs
    • Overseeing the strategic direction of benefits plans, including design, reporting and analysis, cost management, communication and vendor management
    • Evaluating efficacy of programs, plans and approaches to ensure the most well-rounded total rewards approach

      The ideal candidate for this role will have discipline expertise in executive compensation, with prior experience leading complex compensation and benefit design.  Board experience and presence is required, along with a minimum of 15 years’ experience (five or more as a manager/director of people) in consulting and/or complex, global corporate environments.  We re seeking an individual who is engaging, respectfully assertive, self-confident and naturally collaborative.  Must have a proactive orientation, sense of urgency, and an ability to influence to decision-making.  Bachelor’s degree required, MBA or Masters’ degree is preferred.

      Generous six figure base salary, 35% annual target bonus, 35% LTI, and comprehensive benefits. Relocation will be considered for the ideal candidate. Please contact Richard Fleming at rfleming@m2-partners.com or Wende Malster at wmalster@m2-partners.com.
    • Vice President of HR for Americas Sales & Marketing

      Providence, RI

      this link is temporary.

      We have an exciting opportunity to join a well-known, global, consumer products and entertainment company with 5K employees and $5B annual revenue.  Our client has a diversified product line, is consistently honored for its commitment to making the world a better place for children and their families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, and has been ranked one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

      The VP of HR, Americas will be responsible for providing strategic HRBP support to the Commercial (Sales & Marketing) organization across the US, Latin America, and Canada (approximately 750 employees).  Working under the direction of the Head of Commercial Human Resources, who is based in the UK, this individual will provide advice and counsel to leaders across multiple business lines and product offerings.  Specific responsibilities include:

      • Consulting and guiding organization design and development initiatives to ensure the attraction and retention of key talent
      • Strengthening performance management practices and ensuring that the Company values and mission are adhered to in a consistent manner
      • Partnering with executives on managing change and business transitions
      • Designing succession and talent planning processes that will promote the ongoing development of individuals and teams as well as the achievement of business objectives
      • Collaborating with global HRBP peers across the organization to ensure consistency of thought and practice
      • Up to 25% travel will be required

      The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise providing strategic and practical HR solutions to corporate clients in global and matrixed environments.  He/She will be viewed as a confidante and an influencer, and will contribute as a collaborative, confident, and trusted advisor.  A minimum of 15 years’ experience as a strategic HRBP, leading teams of people, will be required.

      Compensation package includes base salary in the 180-230K range, with additional bonus and equity participation. Please contact Richard Fleming at rfleming@m2-partners.com or Wende Malster at wmalster@m2-partners.com.
    • Chief Human Resources Officer

      Boston, MA

      this link is temporary.

      We are honored to have been selected to recruit a new CHRO for Partners In Health (www.pih.org), a global non-profit that is committed to providing high quality healthcare to people and communities in the world’s poorest countries.  Founded in 1987 by Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl, today PIH has close to 17K individuals working with them in countries like Haiti, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone.  Headquartered in Boston and leading a small but mighty team, this role will serve as the strategic leader for Human Resources globally.

      Specific responsibilities will include:

      • Partnering with the CEO, executive team, and field site leaders to define consistent practices around employment, performance management, leadership development, compensation and benefits, and operational efficiency
      • Developing strong relationships across the organization that are based in transparency, compassion, collaboration, and authenticity
      • Regularly training and guiding managers on best practices in employment law, sexual harassment, discrimination, cultural differences, and respectful professional engagement 
      • Working with leaders to envision the future organization and support the development of high potential teams and individuals, facilitating talent management and succession planning initiatives
      • Assessing and recommending talent acquisition strategy and process across the organization, providing centralized support where appropriate and advice and counsel to site locations with mandated country specific requirements

      The ideal candidate will be a person of high integrity and emotional intelligence, someone who has a passion for serving in a non-profit and mission-oriented organization, and someone who is used to providing outstanding guidance and service with a lean budget and resources. Prior experience working with global employees in developing countries is strongly preferred;  demonstrated expertise in a HR leadership role that has required operational/transactional expertise in addition to strategic vision and planning capability is required.  Some global travel (not more than 15-20%).  

      Compensation is targeted in the 180-190K range with a strong benefits package and generous vacation time. Although we can’t put a monetary value on this, you will have the privilege of spending each day alongside deeply committed people who are saving lives and making an impact on the world in an incredibly meaningful way. Please contact Joann Almlof at jalmlof@m2-partners.com or Wende Malster at wmalster@m2-partners.com.
    • Director/Vice President of HR Projects & Initiatives

      Boston, MA

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      Our client is one of the world’s leading private investment firms, headquartered in Boston and with approximately 1,000 employees.  As a result of growth and more complex business and human capital challenges, we are seeking an individual who will report directly to the CHRO and who will lead a wide range of projects that are directly tied to the successful operation and engagement of the workforce.

      This is a newly created position;  the individual will partner with various members of the HR organization as well as business leaders to understand business objectives and goals, create the framework for projects, and ultimately lead all aspects of execution and delivery for these initiatives.  Examples of work may include:

      •  Diversity and Inclusion:  as it pertains to hiring and retaining talent, this person would work with business unit leaders to help drive and shape the firm’s D&I agenda.  This would include managing and coordinating initiatives related to recruiting, development, as well as collaborating and communicating with firm business unit and HR leaders to share information and best practices.

      •  Alumni Program:  the firm is newly embarking on an alumni program to more effectively stay connected with past employees.  This effort will require working across firm functions (investors, investor relations, communications, and HR) to ensure the capture and maintenance of alumni information, to develop programs to stay connected, and to support business development activity.

      •  Facilities Planning Support:  given growth and expansion of the firm, assist in managing facility by collaborating with business units as well as the HR, Finance, and Facilities teams.

      •  Provide general analytic and process support for HR initiatives, making recommendations for improvements and additions to existing services

        There is not one ideal profile for this role.  We are seeking someone who is analytic and consultative, with excellent project management skills, and we would consider a Strategy Consultant who is drawn to internal projects related to the human capital of the firm; a HR professional who has worked in Organizational Design and Effectiveness, with a concentration in driving enterprise-wide change initiatives; or a change management professional who has led a diversity of large organizational change projects. He/She will have advanced education, with an MBA highly preferred, and a minimum of ten years’ experience.

        Highly competitive base salary/bonus plan and comprehensive benefits; relocation would be considered for the ideal candidate. Please contact Joann Almlof at jalmlof@m2-partners.com or Wende Malster at wmalster@m2-partners.com.
      • Vice President of Learning & Development

        Boston, MA

        this link is temporary.

        Our client is one of the world’s leading private investment firms, headquartered in Boston with approximately 1,000 employees. Reporting directly to the CHRO, this role will provide leadership and support with regard to training and learning initiatives for a broad cohort of professionals within the core business unit of the firm.

        Specific responsibilities will include:

        • Working with a global steering committee to develop and articulate a training & learning strategy for investment and portfolio staff (overall objectives, capability requirements, and linking business objectives to the development program)
        • Outlining a curriculum plan in support of stated objectives (content, experiences, key module goals and sequences, delivery recommendations)
        • Creating detailed program design and delivery method and project plans, to include content development, instruction/delivery method, instructors, logistics, calendar, etc.
        • Coordinating and managing the on-site delivery of programs, working with training team and HR team and managing feedback loop from each program to assure continuous program and content improvement

        The ideal candidate for this role will have a demonstrated ability to work with front line business and HR teams to translate key development/learning needs into curriculum and program design.  Prior experience in management consulting and in the financial services industry, with some command of investment concepts is highly desirable. We are seeking someone who is organized, resourceful, with excellent project management and presentation skills.  There will be up to 25% travel to regional hubs to work with internal development teams and to manage delivery.  A minimum of ten years progressively more responsible experience in learning and development, with a BS/BA degree required; strong preference for an MBA or an advanced degree in a related field from a leading business school.

        In addition to a highly competitive base salary/bonus plan and comprehensive benefits programs, there is relocation available for the ideal candidate. Please contact Kathy Spillane at kathy@thewestovergrp.com or Wende Malster at wmalster@m2-partners.com.
      • Director of Human Resources

        Watertown, MA

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        Our client is a global non-profit providing reproductive health education and care delivery to some of the developing world’s most vulnerable populations. It works through a community based, in-country delivery model in 17 countries spanning Asia, Africa, the Middle east, and South America.

        The organization is remarkably impactful in improving reproductive health in some of the world’s poorest countries, by strengthening health centers, satellite clinics, and community health workers to enable more people in more places have access to reproductive health information, healthy practices, and services. This client has a robust global culture and a diverse workforce comprised of very talented people from many cultures and perspectives. Yet, they are unified in embracing the organization’s mission and vision.

        Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Director Human Resources will:

        • Provide strategic leadership and operational guidance to the Talent Management, Total Rewards and HR Operations teams in a variety of human resources programs, policies, and practices that align with organizational “One Pathfinder” strategy 
        • Lead the HR team in the U.S. and provide functional guidance and development to HR Managers in each county served
        • Provide advice and counsel to global leaders, drawing on strong cultural awareness and sensitivity and prior experience working with a geographically dispersed workforce

        The ideal candidate will have a passion for mission driven work, and specifically, a commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices in global locations.  He/She will bring a minimum of ten years strategic HRBP experience, with an eye towards practical solutions and processes that can be delivered with consistency across the globe.

        Attractive six-figure base salary with comprehensive benefits. Please contact Richard Fleming at rfleming@m2-partners.com.

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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