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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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    WHERE OPPORTUNITY
    MEETS TALENT.
    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.

Successful Searches We Have Completed

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.

  • Vice President/Head of Human Resources

    Boston Financial District

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    Our client is a pioneer in providing direct to consumer insurance, the first company in the US to enable consumers to purchase insurance online, in a single visit.    With approximately 1500 employees across the US, the company is an affiliate of a larger mid-west insurer, and enjoys the resources of a larger parent company and the independence of an entrepreneurial organization.  

    The VP/Head of HR will work closely with executive leadership across the organization and within the parent enterprise to ensure a strategic and high-impact human capital strategy is in place to support the business goals during times of growth. He/She will have proven ability to effectively manage relationships across all levels of the organization and other enterprise operating companies.

    • Partners with enterprise Talent Acquisition to support innovative talent acquisition strategy to build pipeline, define and promote workforce brand in the market, address both short-term and long-term hiring needs, and ensure the organization can effectively manage 25-30% annual growth
    • Partners with enterprise Benefits, Compensation and Payroll to support innovative approach to offering best in class benefits and compensation strategies to attract and retain employees while also allowing talent mobility between operating companies
    • Participates within the enterprise to identify talent priorities and knowledge gaps, evolve competencies, and address business challenges requiring talent solutions
    • Develops, makes recommendations, and executes the organization’s performance measurement process to drive excellence and achievement at all levels of the employee population

    The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience building service and goal driven HR teams and success as a Human Resources leader in an organization of comparable scale and complexity; management consulting, professional services, or insurance industry experience a plus.  He/She will have the ability to develop creative and innovative HR solutions to business issues, and a commitment to customer focused culture.  A Masters or other advanced degree preferred; alternatively, an undergraduate degree and PHR/SPHR certification.

      Generous six figure base salary, annual bonus opportunity, and equity participation. Local candidates preferred. Please contact Wende at wmalster@m2-partners.com for more information.
    • Vice President, Total Rewards, Entertainment/Digital Industry

      Los Angeles or Rhode Island

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      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 come from the Entertainment/Digital/Gaming industry sector, and will have specific expertise in designing and developing compensation programs for executives in this industry sector.  Prior experience leading complex compensation and benefit design; BOD experience and presence is highly preferred, 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.  Candidate may be located on either coast, with expectation of up to 25% travel.

      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.
    • Director of Employee Engagement & Total Rewards

      Brighton, MA

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      Our client is a well-known local/regional non-profit, providing a range of support services to at-risk youth and their families.

      This position provides support and direction in the areas of employee relations, performance management, organizational culture, employee engagement, and total rewards. Reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources, the Director will work across all functional lines within the agency to deliver strategic initiatives, develop, implement and manage all employee relations, performance management, management coaching, employee disciplinary matters, employee engagement and cultural initiatives.

      • Assist the Vice President of Human Resources in developing and implementing all goals and objectives of the Senior Management Team
      • Develop and implement all employee surveys and focus groups, propose management actions
      • Proactively manage the employee relations within the organization, developing strategies to address systemic issues that contribute to turnover and poor employee performance
      • Negotiate and contract with benefit plan providers, vendors, and brokers for services, premiums, plan administration, initial offerings and ongoing plan administration in order to implement and make recommendations for new plans or modify existing benefit plans and/or vendor agreements

      Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor's degree and/or at least ten years of HR Generalist experience, SPHR is a plus.  Strong communication, customer relations, and analysis skills, and a team player with a high degree of professionalism.  Prior experience with child welfare or not-for-profit organizations is preferred. Strong project management skills required, and must demonstrate discretion and professionalism at all times. 

            Base salary in the 120-150K range, with comprehensive benefits, parking, and discounted MBTA pass. Please contact Valerie Neville at vneville@m2-partners.com for more information.
          • Senior Human Resources Manager

            Back Bay, Boston

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            We are excited to be partnering with a global, Boston based private equity firm as they search for a strong, Senior HR Manager. 

            Reporting into the head of HR, the Senior Manager of Human Resources will manage all pre-MBA related programs for the investment professionals in North America and support pre-MBA staff in Asia and Latin America in certain programs. The role will provide oversight, working with the deal teams, on all training programs, recruitment programs and will own the performance management process. The Senior Manager will be a key member of the HR team, and will take direct ownership for all pre-MBA human resources initiatives including talent acquisition, talent assessment & development, employee relations & performance management, and overall employee engagement.

            The Senior HR Manager will oversee the regional activities of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. This will include managing the Women’s Inclusion Network (WIN) and corresponding women’s training sub-committee; the sophomore diversity internship program; the undergraduate WIN mentorship program; and the regional mentorship programs across all deal team employee levels.

            The key responsibilities of this role may include, but not be limited to, the following:

            • Provide on-going direction, advice and counsel on people strategies and tactics through a deep understanding of the business operations and goals as it relates to pre-MBA programs
            • Oversee pre-MBA recruitment life cycle for the North American offices, leveraging strategic sourcing skills to identify and compose diverse and viable candidate classes for introduction to hiring managers and teams
            • Continue to build employee engagement and maintain a performance driven culture through proactive employee relations and tailoring messages and approaches to individual audience needs
            • Collaborate with senior leaders in the organization to define, develop, and execute against established business and talent agendas
            • Provide knowledgeable and credible counsel and coaching to Managing Directors and other senior leaders across the firm relative to talent development and learning
            • Possess the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and with ease; must be organized and highly detail oriented
            • Develop and support the learning agenda for Associate level staff, and work with senior investment team members to identify areas for improvement in current offerings
            Base plus bonus commensurate with experience, and extremely generous benefits package. For more information, please contact Janet at jmullert@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

          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