First American Title announces the retirement of William Morrish as regional vice president


March 21, 1994, SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA

First American Title Insurance Company regretfully announces the retirement of William B. Morrish as regional vice president of the company. Morrish also served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of First American Title Guaranty Company, a subsidiary of First American Title Insurance Company, headquartered in Oakland, California. Richard P. Pauletich has been appointed to succeed Morrish in all three positions. Morrish will, however, retain the position of chairman of First American Title Guaranty Holding Board.

A thirty-year veteran of the title insurance industry, Morrish founded First American Title of Alameda County in 1967 and served as president and director until 1970, when the company merged with First American Title of Santa Clara County to form First American Title Guaranty Company. He served as president and director of the new company until becoming chairman of the board and chief executive officer in 1987.

"Bill was instrumental in developing First American Title Guaranty Company from a small, single-county operation into its present dominant position in the four counties in which it operates in the East Bay region," said First American Title Insurance Company Chairman Donald P. Kennedy. "He is a sound businessman, highly respected throughout both the Company and the title industry."

Morrish received a bachelor's degree in letters and science from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MBA in economics and marketing from Stanford University. He has been active in a number of Oakland civic organizations. Morrish is a native of Berkeley and currently resides in Oakland, California, with his wife Eva-Marie.

First American Title Insurance Company, principal subsidiary of The First American Financial Corporation, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1989. One of the largest title insurers in the nation, it offers title services through a network of more than 300 offices and 6,000 agents in all 50 states. It also provides title services abroad in the Bahama Islands, Bermuda, Canada, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom. National headquarters are located in Santa Ana, California.

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