Spectrem Group, the San Francisco-based financial services research firm, announced two senior hires this week.

Merl W. Baker has joined Spectrem in New York from a Norwalk, Conn., consulting firm, Yankelovich Partners, where he was a partner.

Mr. Baker will fill a new position, director of syndicated research, said a Spectrem spokesman. His hiring reflects Spectrem's plans this year to offer multiphase syndicated studies on mutual funds, retirement services, the affluent market, and the emerging global pension market, the spokesman said.

Jean B. Finnegan has been hired as a senior consultant in the firm's Hartford, Conn., office. She joins Spectrem from the research firm Greenwich Associates and will cover custom research in the investment product area, said the spokesman.

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