Chief Corporate Development Officer
Chief Corporate Development Officer John Magness drives revenue growth, organizational expansion, strategic recruitment and acquisitions for Stewart, as well as provides strategic oversight to Stewart’s U.S. Direct Operations. John is well-respected in the industry, with deep knowledge and a strong track record from nearly 35 years in title insurance and real estate.
His extensive leadership experience allows for rapid expansion, effective management of potential acquisitions and continued growth opportunities. John works across all business lines to increase market share, maximize profitability and support Stewart’s 2020 Game Plan. His specific concentration on enhancing Stewart’s branch offices strengthens the support and resources delivered to Direct Operations, associates and customers.
John most recently served as President at Old Republic Title, where he led all revenue-producing efforts for direct and agency operations, commercial operations, technical service operations and entities in the title group. Before serving as President, he held a variety of leadership roles including: Senior Vice President of Texas and New Mexico Direct Operations Manager; President of the Central Title Group; and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Title Group. Prior to Old Republic, Magness served as Executive Vice President at the Land America Financial Group, where he directed operations across 17 states.
A native Texan and long-time Houston resident, John holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Houston and is a member of the American Land Title Association.