May 6, 2002, SANTA ANA, Calif.

The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), the nation’s leading, diversified provider of business information and related products and services, today announced that Herbert B. Tasker has been appointed to the company’s board of directors. 

Tasker, who also serves on the board of First American’s principal subsidiary, First American Title Insurance Company, is one of the most respected executives in the mortgage banking industry. He has been instrumental in the establishment of several companies, including Mason McDuffie Mortgage Company in Walnut Creek, Calif., and All Pacific Mortgage Company in Concord, Calif. He currently serves as vice-chairman and managing director for Centre Capital Group, Inc.

Tasker is involved in a number of professional and community organizations. He is a member of the University of San Diego’s Board of Trustees and the Santa Maria Parish Council. He also has served on the advisory board of PMI Mortgage Insurance Company. 

Tasker earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and is a graduate of the School of Mortgage Banking. He is a Certified Mortgage Banker, the highest professional designation in mortgage banking, and is a former president of the National Mortgage Bankers Association of America. Tasker also is a registered California Real Estate Broker. 

The First American Corporation is a Fortune 500 company that traces its history to 1889. As the nation’s leading, diversified provider of business information, the company supplies businesses and consumers with the information resources that affect the major economic events of people’s lives, such as getting a job; renting an apartment; buying a car, house, boat or airplane; securing a mortgage; opening or buying a business; and planning for retirement. The First American Family of Companies, many of which command leading market share positions in their respective industries, operate within seven primary business segments including: Title Insurance and Services, Specialty Insurance, Trust and Other Services, Mortgage Information, Property Information, Credit Information and Screening Information. With revenues of $3.75 billion in 2001, First American has more than 22,500 employees in approximately 1,300 offices throughout the United States and abroad. More information about the company and an archive of its press releases can be found  at www.firstam.com.


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