Mark Sachau California regional VP & CEO of First American Title Guaranty Company


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 Mark Sachau regional vice president for California and chief executive officer for its San Jose-based subsidiary, First American Title Guaranty Company. Sachau takes over for Richard Pauletich who recently retired. Sachau's responsibilities include overseeing title and escrow operations in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara and Solano.

Sachau, a 25-year veteran of the title industry, joined First American in 1981 as division manager with the San Jose, Calif., office of First American Title Guaranty Company. Fifteen years later, he was named executive vice president of the subsidiary, holding that position for a year until being promoted to president and chief operating officer in 1998, his most recent position.

Sachau holds a bachelor of arts degree in literature from San Diego State University and a juris doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. Sachau is a past chairman of the Public Affairs committee for the California Land Title Association, and currently serves on the Advisory Council for the San Jose Repertory Theater and on the Council of 100 for the San Jose Museum of Art. A California native, Sachau lives in Soquel.

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 www.firstam.com.

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