Allen Gula, Jr. has joined Franklin Resources of San Mateo, Calif., as senior vice president, chief information officer and a member of the executive committee.

John Flanagan has joined MainStay Management of Parsippany, N.J., as chief financial officer and senior vice president. He was previously senior vice president at Strong Capital Management of Milwaukee, Wis.

First Data Investor Services Group of Westborough, Mass., has promoted two executives in its retirement services division. Ann Marie Mierzykowski has been named vice president in the client services group with responsibility for developing retirement products for broker/dealers. She was previously director of client services. Kimberlee Mitchell, now a vice president in the client services group, previously was director of operations for First Data's automated trading and daily recordkeeping system.

First Data has also promoted James Falkner to vice president of client services. In this new role, Falkner will be responsible for managing client relationships and assisting in product executive and systems training. Falkner previously oversaw the company's telephone sales and services relationships.

Coleen Downs Dinneen has been named vice president and associate counsel of Nvest Services Co. of Boston. Dinneen was previously counsel for First Data Investor Services of Westborough, Mass.

SEI Investments of Oaks, Pa., an administrator and distributor of mutual funds, has appointed Ross Ellis as director of product development and distribution. Ellis was previously a vice president with Nicolas-Applegate Capital Management of San Diego, Calif.

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