Sharon Merrill Associates, an investor relations and corporate communications strategic advisory firm, has hired Kevin Wagner, a veteran investment professional, to complement its Boston-based consulting team and strengthen its financial analytics.

Wagner brings more than 12 years of in-depth investment research experience including Fidelity Investments, Baring Asset Management, and Banc One Investment Advisors, where he has held positions of portfolio manager, global technology sector head, and senior equity analyst.

Most recently, Wagner recommended technology, alternative energy, and industrial equities for Fidelity Investments as well as co-managed a small-cap portfolio. Previously, he was a Wall Street analyst researching and recommending technology investments for Adams, Harkness and Hill, a Boston, Mass.-based emerging growth investment bank.