First American Title names John S. Christiansen regional VP over four states

March 17, 2000, SANTA ANA, Calif.

First American Title Insurance Company, one of the nation's largest title insurers, today announced that it has named John S. Christiansen regional vice president for Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma and Utah. Working out of the company's Phoenix office, Christiansen is responsible for title and escrow operations in the expanded region.

Christiansen joined First American's Phoenix office in 1992 as Maricopa County sales manager, a position he held for two years before being named Maricopa County operations manager in 1994. Two years later, Christiansen was named to his most recent position of Arizona division president and state manager. Prior to joining First American, Christiansen worked for 15 years in commercial construction and development with three major Southern California builders.

Christiansen holds a bachelor of arts degree in business and marketing from the University of Washington in Seattle and a certificate in commercial project management and development from the University of California, Irvine. He is currently involved with several civic organizations in Phoenix, including the Leadership Workshop Foundation, for which he serves as a member of the board; the Phoenix Community Alliance; and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

Born in Santa Ana, Calif., Christiansen lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his wife, Leslie, and their two daughters, Sarah and Kimberly.

First American Title Insurance Company, the largest subsidiary of The First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), traces its history to 1889. One of the largest title insurers in the nation, the company offers title services through more than 500 offices and an extensive network of agents throughout the United States and abroad. The company has its headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif. Information about The First American Financial Corporation's subsidiaries and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at