First American Names Jo Etta Bandy VP Of Communications


December 16, 1999, SANTA ANA, Calif.

The First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), the nation's leading provider of business information products and services, today announced that Jo Etta Bandy has been promoted to the position of vice president of corporate communications for the company. Bandy, who works out of the company's new home office in Santa Ana, Calif., is responsible for managing the company's corporate communications department.

Bandy, who came to First American with 18 years of experience in corporate communications and investor relations, had served as director of communications since 1998. From 1995, Bandy worked for an Irvine-based financial public relations consulting firm, where she served as vice president of broker and media relations. Before that, she served four years as vice president-investor relations for another major title insurance firm also located in Irvine, and from 1980 through 1990, worked for a publicly held Southern California real estate development firm, where she held numerous management positions, including vice president of corporate communications, director of investor relations and corporate secretary.

Bandy holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications-public relations sequence from California State University, Fullerton. Bandy is a member of the Orange County Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute, where she served on that organization's board of directors for six years, and as membership committee chairperson, communications committee chairperson and a member at large.

A native of California, Bandy lives in La Habra Heights with her husband, Greg, and their 3-year-old daughter, Lauren.

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; property and casualty insurance; property and automotive insurance tracking services; resident screening; pre-employment screening; lender-placed flood and hazard insurance; investment advisory; and trust and banking services. Information about the company and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at www.firstam.com.

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