First American Title Insurance Company Promotes JoAnn Ortega to Santa Fe Division President


May 3, 2005, SANTA ANA, Calif.

First American Title Insurance Company today announced that JoAnn Ortega has been promoted to president of the company’s division in Santa Fe, N.M. Ortega, who had most recently served as operations manager, will now oversee the execution of all the division’s goals and initiatives.

An 18-year veteran of the title industry, Ortega has been with First American since 1996, when the company acquired Territorial Abstract. In addition to her work with First American, Ortega and her husband, Robert, are co-owners of R.B. Ortega Realty and Construction Co., Inc.

Ortega’s community involvement includes serving on the loan committee of Homewise, Inc., a local nonprofit organization committed to helping residents become homeowners. She also is actively involved in a local women’s networking group.

A native of Santa Fe, Ortega has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in marketing from Highlands University. She currently resides in Santa Fe with her husband and their son, Benjamin.

First American Title Insurance Company, the largest subsidiary of The First American 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 1,700 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 Corporation’s subsidiaries and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at www.firstam.com.

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