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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 in 2013 with her long-time colleague Wende, Janet was a Vice President of HR Search at a highly regarded Boston-based retained search 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 her long-time colleague Janet in 2013, she was a Vice President of HR Search at a Boston based retained search firm. Wende and her husband Rob have two millennial daughters, a puppy they rescued during the pandemic named Miley, and in her free time, she enjoys 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, and humor to every search. Prior to joining Janet and Wende, he was a Senior Vice President with a Boston based retained search firm. On a personal note, he is passionate about Korean food, culture and language, foreign travel, sushi, a martini, and a Bichon named Theodore!

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, taking her dog Memphis to the dog park, and serving on the board of her community's education foundation.

Maggie Hood Senior Search Consultant

401.595.8183 | mhood@m2-partners.com |

Maggie started her career in the financial services industry, working in the Corporate Finance and Compensation divisions of Wellington Management Company. After completing her MBA, she decided to put her newly honed marketing and entrepreneurial skills to work as a Category Manager for Wayfair.  As time went on, Maggie found herself volunteering for people-related projects and realized she wanted to find a way to use her interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills in a Human Resources capacity.  Thankfully, she was referred to M2 Partners to talk about HR opportunities, and Wende & Janet convinced her to join the M2 team! Maggie completed her undergraduate degree in Finance from the Catholic University of America and earned her MBA from Babson College. She and her husband recently welcomed a baby boy to their family, and once they get some sleep, they hope to find a way to continue spending time sailing, skiing, and hiking with their chocolate Labrador Retriever Hally. 

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 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