Gary L. Kermott promoted to chief operating officer of First American Title Insurance Company

December 23, 1997, SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA

Gary L. Kermott has been promoted to chief operating officer of First American Title Insurance Company. He will retain both the position of executive vice president of the company and that of regional vice president for Arizona.

"Gary will help our company be as good as it can be in terms of efficiency, market share, product quality and service to the customer," said President Parker S. Kennedy. "He is very well qualified for the position and very well liked within our company."

Kermott began working for First American in 1983 as a law clerk at the corporate office in Santa Ana while attending law school at Western State University. After passing the bar in 1985, he was promoted to assistant counsel. In 1988 he moved to Arizona to serve as assistant vice president-associate counsel in Phoenix. Later that same year he was named vice president-county manager in Tucson. In 1990 he was promoted to president of the Arizona division and in 1993 he took on the additional responsibility of regional vice president for Arizona and Utah. In 1996 he relocated to the Santa Ana headquarters when he was named executive vice president.

Kermott was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. He currently resides in Laguna Niguel with his wife, Debby, and their two sons.

First American Title Insurance Company, principal subsidiary of The First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), traces its history to 1889. The largest title insurer in the nation, it offers title services through a network of more than 300 offices and 4,000 agents throughout the United States. It also provides title services abroad in Australia, the Bahama Islands, Canada, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom. The company has its headquarters in Santa Ana, California.


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