Merrill Lynch has hired Steve D'Agostino as a director in its CDO group from Credit Suisse First Boston. D'Agostino reports to group head and former boss Christopher Ricciardi, who joined Merrill from CSFB earlier this year. D'Agostino was head of the CDO analytics technology at CSFB and will reportedly assume a similar role at Merrill. Ralph Nacey and Cecilia Pan have also recently joined Ricciardi's CDO group at Merrill, both coming in as associates.

Fitch Ratings has hired Jesse Mann as a director in its term consumer ABS group and Betsy Colucci as an analyst in its ABCP group. Mann, formerly a vice president at Fleet Credit Card Services, will report to consumer ABS head Michael Dean. Collucci, formerly an analyst at Scotia Capital's Liberty Street Funding conduit, will report to Debbie Seife, who heads the conduit team for Fitch. Fitch is reportedly seeking to bring on additional junior staffers to its term ABS team.

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