October 13, 2000, SANTA ANA, Calif.

The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), the nation's leading provider of business information and related products and services, today announced that Gretchen Demartini has been named vice president of human resources and will assume responsibility for the development of human resources strategy and policy for all subsidiaries and affiliates of The First American Corporation.

A seasoned professional in the field of human resources, Demartini brings more than 20 years of experience to her new position. She will oversee a variety of issues including compensation, mergers and acquisitions, training and organizational development, staffing and human resources support for the company's various business units.

Demartini initially joined the company in 1995 as vice president of human resources for First American Real Estate Information Services, a subsidiary of The First American Corporation. In 1997, she was named senior vice president of human resources for that division.

A native of New Jersey, Demartini holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Montclair State College and a master's degree in industrial psychology from Stevens Institute of Technology. She currently lives in Clearwater, Fla., with her husband, Andrew, and their two daughters, Megan and Jennifer.

The First American 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 automotive, subprime and direct-to-consumer credit reporting; resident screening; pre-employment screening; property and automotive insurance tracking services; property and casualty insurance; home warranties, 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


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