Jodee L. Barnett Promoted to Vice President-National Procurement for The First American Corporation


May 20, 2005, SANTA ANA, Calif.

The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), the nation’s largest data provider, today announced that Jodee L. Barnett has been promoted to vice president-national procurement. Bringing 20 years of experience in procurement, sales and marketing to her new role, Barnett will now be responsible for standardizing the company’s procurement practices to maximize buying power and reduce operating costs.

After beginning her career in the commercial real estate industry in Dallas, Barnett transitioned into sales and marketing. She joined First American in 1996, and for nine years held a leadership role within the company’s Mortgage Information Services Group in Dallas where she pioneered an IT asset management program and led a centralized procurement department. In November 2004, Barnett relocated to California to accept a position as national procurement director for First American’s primary subsidiary, First American Title Insurance Company.

Barnett holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota and also is licensed to sell real estate in the state of Texas. She is a member of the Institute of Supply Management and a past member of the Dallas chapter of the Building Owners & Managers Association. She also was an active volunteer with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Dallas.

Barnett and her husband, Ronald, currently reside in Dana Point, Calif.

The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a Fortune 500 company that traces its history to 1889, is the nation’s largest data provider. First American combines advanced analytics with its vast data resources to supply businesses and consumers with valuable information products to support the major economic events of people’s lives, such as getting a job, renting an apartment, buying a car or house, securing a mortgage and opening or buying a business. 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 $6.72 billion in 2004, First American has 31,000 employees in approximately 2,000 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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