Stewart Title of California elevates Howarth for new focus on commercial and builder services

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SAN DIEGO (May 16, 2007) – Ron Howarth, former major accounts division manager for Stewart Title of California, has been named senior vice president, south metro district commercial/subdivision manager.

In addition to leading the Orange County commercial, builder and special-projects teams, Howarth now manages commercial and builder sales and service activities for Stewart Title of California’s Imperial, Inland Empire and San Diego divisions. He also serves as chairman of the company’s state commercial/subdivision council.

“We recently merged our major accounts and Orange County divisions to become one operation under the leadership of division president Gregg Shuler,” said Brian Hurley, president, Stewart Title of California. “That merger will drive synergies and cooperation that is central to broad, long-term outstanding customer service.

“Ron’s role is to provide overall direction and guidance for Stewart Title’s statewide commercial and builder market growth,” added Hurley. “In addition, his move to this new and evolving role will drive a focused commitment to commercial and builder customers who have specialized needs in underwriting, escrow and closing – many with multiple operations and multiple venues.”

Howarth is an 19-year title industry veteran, with experience in commercial, industrial and builder segments. He has a bachelor of science degree and is a licensed real estate agent.

Stewart Title of California is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), a customer-oriented, technology-driven, strategically competitive, real estate information and transaction management company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries through more than 9,500 policy-issuing offices and agencies in the United States and international markets. Stewart also provides post-closing lender services, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping, geographic information systems, property information reports, flood certificates, document preparation, background checks and expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information can be found at www.stewart.com.

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