Paul W. Knutson Promoted to Vice President for The First American Corporation


August 10, 2004, SANTA ANA, Calif.

The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), the nation’s largest data provider, today announced that Paul W. Knutson has been promoted to vice president. 

Knutson, who currently serves as controller, initially joined First American in 1988 as a staff auditor for the company’s largest subsidiary, First American Title Insurance Company. He was promoted to senior financial analyst a year later, then to vice president and assistant controller in 1993. In 1998, Knutson was promoted to controller for First American Title, and in 2001 was named controller for the holding company.

Currently a resident of Dana Point, Calif., Knutson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. 

The First American Corporation is a Fortune 500 company that traces its history to 1889. As the nation’s largest data provider, the company supplies businesses and consumers with information resources in connection with 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 six primary business segments, including: Title Insurance and Services, Specialty Insurance, Mortgage Information, Property Information, Credit Information and Screening Information. With revenues of $6.21 billion in 2003, First American has 29,000 employees in approximately 1,800 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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