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Mary Malone McCarthy || Founder and CEO ||

Guided by a set of values that prioritize people, Mary Malone McCarthy believes that the work that you do can change people’s lives. As Founder and CEO of M3 Placement and Partnership, a Certified Woman-Owned national executive search, talent acquisition, and strategic HR firm, her vision of excellence begins with a focus on building strong partnerships and a passion for exceptional service.  

As a certified MWBE, Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprise, Mary Malone works nationwide, helping both companies and talent achieve ultimate success. She is a believer in building long-standing relationships and is a true servant leader at heart. Growing up in a family business, Mary Malone lives by a simple philosophy of delivering “a little more, a little better” each and every day. This philosophy has guided her in her commitment to her relationships, her work, and her community. 

Prior to founding M3, Mary Malone spent over 15 years as Senior Vice President at Northland Communications, responsible for the oversight of Public Relations, Marketing and Customer Relations for the firm. 

Mary Malone’s commitment to building healthy and economically viable communities continues to be an important part of her extended mission. She currently serves on the leadership board for the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce Center for Economic Growth (CEG) and Albany CanCode Communities. Mary Malone previously served on several other boards including the Mohawk Valley Health System Foundation, Mohawk Valley Community College, United Way, Stanley Center for the Arts, and Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce. She founded the Women’s Roundtable, which facilitates meaningful conversations for female senior executives and was co-founder of Accent on Excellence which is a program that honored young leaders who excel in their professional work while giving back to their communities. 

Mary Malone has received the Women’s Business Council Young Careerist Award and was honored by the YWCA for the Salute to Outstanding Women. In 2023, she was awarded Women in Business Champion Award by the US Small Business Administration Upstate New York District. In May of 2024, she will receive the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce’s Women of Excellence, Excellence in Business Award.     

Mary Malone is a graduate of Wells College and has an unwavering commitment to building better organizations and communities. When not at work, Mary Malone enjoys spending time in the Adirondacks with her husband and three grown children.