The Honorable William Grenville Davis has been appointed to the board of directors ...


January 29, 1992, SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA

The Honorable William Grenville Davis, 62, of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, has been appointed to the board of directors of The First American Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: FAMRA and FAMRB). He also will serve on the board of First American Title Insurance Company, principal subsidiary of First American Financial.

Davis, the former premier of Ontario, is counsel to the law firm Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington. He also serves as chairman of the board of Bramalea Limited, one of Canada's foremost developers. He is a board member of 11 major Canadian companies, including Ford Motor, Seagrams and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

Davis had a 26-year political career in Ontario, including nine years as Minister of Education and 14 years as Premier, a similar post to a United States governor.

After attending the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School, Davis was called to the bar in 1955. Davis also holds honorary degrees from eight Ontario universities. In 1982, Davis was sworn in as a member of the Privy Council by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second. In 1986 he was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada, one of Canada's highest honors, and in 1987 was among the first 20 recipients of The Order of Ontario award.

The election of Davis increases the parent company's board from 13 to 14 members. Davis replaces long-time board member Gregor G. Peterson, who resigned in 1991 after 30 years on the board. Stanley L. Bauer, with 24 years of service to the company, also retired from the board during 1991.

The First American Financial Corporation, based in Santa Ana, Calif., operates its title insurance business through its principal subsidiary, First American Title Insurance Company, one of the largest title insurers in the nation. The company offers title services through a network of more than 5,500 offices or agents in all 50 states. It also provides title services abroad in the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom. The company is actively expanding its title operations in Canada from its office in Mississauga, Ontario, and is currently licensed to do business in all provinces expect Quebec.

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