September 20, 1999, SANTA ANA, Calif.

The First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), the leading provider of business information and related products and services, announced today that it has named Drew Cree to the newly created position of vice president of human resources for the company. In this position, Cree is responsible for the development and implementation of the company's human resource strategy.

Cree, who joins First American with more than 13 years of human resources and benefits consulting experience, previously worked for Buck Consultants in Los Angeles, where he served as principal; with Deloitte & Touche LLP in the Los Angeles/Costa Mesa area, where he served as senior manager; and with Johnson & Higgins/A. Foster Higgins in Costa Mesa, Calif., where he served as benefits consultant.

Cree holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of California Los Angeles. A native of California, Cree resides in the city of Foothill Ranch with his wife, Jenny, and their two children.

The First American Financial Corporation, based in Santa Ana, Calif., is the nation's leading provider of business information and related products and services. The corporation's three primary business segments include: title insurance; real estate information and services, which includes mortgage origination, mortgage servicing and database products and services; and consumer information and services, which provides home warranties; automotive, subprime and direct-to-consumer credit reporting; insurance and automotive tracking services; resident screening; pre-employment screening; lender-placed flood and hazard insurance; investment advisory; and trust and banking services. Through its family of companies, First American Financial has nearly 20,000 employees in more than 600 branch offices in the United States and abroad. Information about the company and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at


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