EMC Mortgage Corporation, a subsidiary of The Bear Stearns Companies, has hired John Vella as president and chief operating officer.Mr. Vella most recently served as president and COO for Aames Investment Corporation. Prior to that he was chief sales officer and chief administrative officer for Option One mortgage corporation. He has also held senior positions at Household International, GMAC/RFC, Freddie Mac, Fleet National Bank and the FDIC/FSLIC. EMC also added two new members to its executive management team. They are Robert N. Pruett and William Glasgow, both of whom have more than 30 years experience in the industry. EMC's mortgage servicing portfolio has grown from $4.2 billion in 2000 to $63.8 billion today. Also, Clayton Baker has joined Bear Stearns as senior managing director. He is leading several strategic initiatives designed to facilitate EMC's growth, the company said.

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