Kemper Financial Services Inc. has hired Maura J. Murrihy as director of equity research.

A 16-year veteran of securities analysis, she replaces Gary Langbaum, who was recently named portfolio manager of the Kemper Total Return Fund.

Ms. Murrihy will oversee a staff of 23, including 13 equity analysts. She previously worked for Northern Trust Co., Chicago, where she oversaw a staff of 28 in investment research.

Chicago-based Kemper Financial Services is the adviser for Kemper Corp. mutual funds.

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