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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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    We Know HR.
    building leadership teams
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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 founded M2 Partners in 2013, with a focus on identifying and recruiting outstanding Human Resources leaders for a broad spectrum of client organizations. Our enthusiasm, effort, and results are unmatched among our peers & competitors. We have thoughtfully and intentionally hired a small team to expand our capacity, and together, we provide collaboration and a quality experience to everyone we work with. Working together for more than 25 years, we have secured outstanding HR leadership talent for large Fortune 500 companies, small to mid-size growth companies, and hyper growth start-up ventures, in a full spectrum of industries from technology and life sciences to non-profits and financial services.

We don’t just recruit employees, we build highly effective HR teams that enable organizations to attract, retain, and promote top talent—talent that drives innovation, productivity and success.

Whether you need to find your first Chief People Officer or transform an established HR organization to meet changing needs, we can help you secure the right people to create a dynamic corporate culture that motivates and supports employees to achieve.

Janet Mullert Co-Founder

617.201.6832 | jmullert@m2-partners.com |

Janet is a Co-Founder of M2 Partners HR Search, and is recognized as a highly respected executive search professional in the Talent & Human Capital space. With significant experience recruiting Human Resources leaders, she has managed searches for organizations ranging from emerging tech start-ups to global Fortune 500 companies. She is the ultimate "match-maker," and has many stories of candidates who have become clients and clients who have become candidates. Her co-workers at M2 would tell you that she never forgets a name and is an obsessive list maker. Prior to launching M2 Partners with Wende, her long-time partner in crime, Janet was a Vice President of HR Search at a highly regarded Boston based retained firm. In her spare time, Janet can be found producing musicals with The Un-Common Theatre Company and cooking new recipes from old cookbooks.

Wende Malster Co-Founder

617.512.8227 | wmalster@m2-partners.com |

Wende is a Co-Founder of M2 Partners HR search, and has over two decades of search experience recruiting Human Resources professionals. From the time she discovered Talent Acquisition early in her career until today, she has enjoyed every aspect of the search process. She works diligently to uncover the needs of each client and then develops a detailed picture of the skills, leadership style, and temperament a candidate must possess to succeed. Wende’s proven discernment and genuine commitment to client and candidate experience have resulted in loyal clients and candidates, an exceptional referral network, and incredibly satisfying work. Prior to teaming up with Janet, her long-time partner in crime, she was a Vice President of HR Search at a Boston based retained firm. Wende and her husband Rob have two millennial daughters, a pandemic puppy named Miley, and she spends her free time gardening, riding Peloton, walking on any beach, and doing volunteer work for the American Red Cross and Courage to Caregivers.

Richard Fleming Managing Director

774.217.3045 | rfleming@m2-partners.com |

Richard's career spans 25 years of retained search experience, sourcing, assessing and placing HR professionals at the CHRO/SVP level, as well as their direct reports. He has conducted searches throughout the country, servicing clients across a wide spectrum of industries, including healthcare, life sciences, non-profit, higher education, and professional services. Over the last decade, he has done considerable work in the healthcare sector. Clients and candidates alike describe him as thoughtful, thorough, and probing in finding the right fit. He brings wisdom, astute analytical skills, pragmatic solutions, collaboration with his M2 colleagues, and humor to every search. Prior to joining Janet and Wende, he was a Senior Vice President with Gatti & Associates. On a personal note, he is passionate about Korean food, culture and language, foreign travel, sushi & a martini, and a Bichon named Theodore!

Molly O'Connor Managing Director

508.208.6238 | moconnor@m2-partners.com |

Molly has worked in Talent Acquisition since 1992, and has built and led strong teams for major financial services firms across Boston and New York. Most recently, she was the Global Head of Wealth Management TA at BNY Mellon, and during her corporate career, she supported business lines including Human Resources, IT, and Corporate Finance.  Early in her HR career, Molly met Janet and was placed in a TA role, then joined Janet and Wende at Gatti & Associates for two years prior to her work at BNY Mellon.  In 2017, Molly decided to embark on an entrepreneurial journey that includes ongoing search work in financial services and a partnership on Human Resources searches with M2 Partners. Molly graduated from Northeastern University and completed a continuing education program at Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy watching their two daughters play volleyball and lacrosse, hanging out with their black Labrador retriever Roxy, and paddle boarding around Cape Cod waterways.

Valerie Neville Senior Search Consultant

617.429.3092 | vneville@m2-partners.com |

Valerie is an experienced and tenacious recruiter with over fifteen years of experience. She is passionate about finding the right fit for each of her client organizations, and has been particularly successful by focusing on each candidate's individual needs and ensuring that 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 EnerNOC, Inc. in Boston. Valerie is an alumnus of Ithaca College and in addition to working with M2 Partners, she loves spending time with her husband and two elementary school-age daughters and serving on the board of her community's education foundation.

Maggie Hood Associate Search Consultant

401.595.8183 | mhood@m2-partners.com |

Maggie has worked in a variety of roles in the financial services and tech space. She started her career in the Corporate Finance division of Wellington Management Company, moving from the Revenue Accounting team to the Compensation team. She then completed her MBA and decided to put her newly honed entrepreneurial skills to work as a Category Manager for Perigold.com (a division of Wayfair). There she managed the luxury outdoor furniture category, her own team, and a large book of suppliers. As time went on, Maggie found herself doing Human Resources related projects outside of her day-to-day, and realized she gained a lot of energy from them. Her further career exploration is what led her into the HR world.  Her journey brought her to M2 Partners in September 2021.

Maggie is excited about the opportunity to learn from the best in the business at M2 Partners and from their top tier clientele. The connection, energy, and lens that HR has on the workplace is what drives her. Maggie completed an undergrad degree in Finance from the Catholic University of America and an MBA from Babson College. In her free time, Maggie and her husband enjoy hanging out with their chocolate lab Hally, spending time on the water in Newport, RI, and skiing in Vermont.

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? By the end of this consultative process, we strive to represent your organization as accurately and thoroughly as anyone in your organization would do.

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.

People spend more than 50% of their waking hours at work, so fit is essential to productivity and fulfillment. The right team can make things happen, the wrong team can stall progress. Nowhere is this more important than in HR where the mission is to create a corporate culture that fosters a collaborative and engaged environment.

Recent Successful Searches

We offer two tiers of service: retained search for executive and senior management positions and engagement search for director and high level individual contributors.

Retained Search

The retained search option is ideal for executive, senior management and functional leader positions, as well as searches that require confidentiality. Throughout the process, M2 Partners works as an extension of your HR team, promoting your company and strengthening your reputation as a highly respected employer of choice for leading HR professionals.


  • Conduct an extensive inquiry to ascertain the needs of the role, the structure of the HR department, and the unique culture of your organization
  • Cultivate a very select group of candidates who have recently held or currently hold HR leadership positions with relevant skills and experience
  • Lead debrief sessions with your search team and provide ongoing status updates as to how candidates are thinking and feeling about the opportunity
  • Advise you on developing a highly attractive offer for your top candidate
  • Conduct personal follow-up with new hires and management within the first quarter of employment

Engagement Search

The engagement search is ideal for Director level assignments when you want to work closely with one search partner to identify a targeted 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.


  • Conduct a needs assessment with the hiring manager and relevant stakeholders and tap our existing network for potential candidates
  • Reach out to a targeted pool of candidates, sources and professional associations and review and respond to all inquiries you may receive from a posting on your website
  • Select and present up to five exceptional candidates for review, interviews, and discussion
  • Conduct reference checks on the finalist and assist you in preparing a competitive offer
  • Conduct personal follow-up with new hires and management within the first quarter of employment

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.

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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 Richard Fleming,
email rfleming@m2-partners.com
or call 774.217.3045

To contact Molly O'Connor,
email moconnor@m2-partners.com
or call 508.208.6238

To contact Valerie Neville,
email vneville@m2-partners.com
or call 617.429.3092

To contact Maggie Hood,
email mhood@m2-partners.com
or call 401.595.8183