First American Financial Names John W. Long President of CIC, Inc.


May 3, 2000, SANTA ANA, Calif.

The First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), the nation's leading provider of business information and related products and services, today announced that John W. Long has been named president of CIC, Inc., First American's pre-employment screening company. CIC, Inc. was acquired in 1998 to provide comprehensive background check services to clients nationwide as part of First American's Consumer Information Group.

"CIC has an outstanding national reputation as a leader in the pre-employment screening industry, and the potential for growth within the company is unlimited," said Parker S. Kennedy, president of The First American Financial Corporation. "With his proven track record of leadership and success within First American, John is just the person to unlock this potential." 

Long, who will retain his position on the board of directors of First American Title Insurance Company, will continue to serve as executive vice president of The First American Financial Corporation and president of First American Real Estate Solutions LLC, a joint venture between First American and Experian Group. Long's duties on the mortgage information side will continue to include, among other things, overseeing certain major accounts relationships and contributing to First American's overall mortgage strategy, including new product development. 

Long is a 21-year veteran of the tax service industry. He began his career with Ticor Realty Tax Service, which First American acquired in 1991. Long left Ticor in 1986 to start his own company, New York-based Metropolitan Realty Tax Service, for which he served as president. First American acquired Metropolitan in 1990, making it a part of First American Real Estate Tax Service. Long continued with the company as eastern regional vice president and marketing director. He was promoted to executive vice president in 1991 and was named president in 1993. Long continued as president when the company changed its name to First American Real Estate Information Services a year later. 

Long holds a master's degree in business administration from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. He lives in Tierra Verde, Fla., with his wife, Cathy. Long is the father of three children. 

CIC, Inc., based in Largo, Fla., was established in 1988 to provide pre-employment screening services to employers. The company now offers a comprehensive menu of background screening options including criminal records searches, credit checks, driving records, past employment verification, drug testing and social security number validation. Additionally, the company's innovative HireCheck software allows computer point and click ease to ordering, reviewing and managing background checks on potential employees. 

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 and services; real estate information and services, which includes mortgage information services and database information 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; 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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