Frederick H. Eppinger , Chief Executive Officer

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Frederick H. Eppinger serves as the chief executive officer of Stewart Information Services Corporation. As CEO, Eppinger is focused on creating opportunities that inspire growth and build off our financial strength. He combines a drive to win with a deep respect for Stewart’s rich history.

Eppinger is an accomplished insurance industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience. He has served as a Stewart director since 2016 and is currently a director at Centene Corp and QBE Insurance Group Limited. Before joining Stewart, he served as president and CEO of The Hanover Insurance Group from 2003 until his retirement in 2016. Under his leadership Hanover transformed into a property/casualty carrier with global reach, more than doubling the company’s employees and revenues. The company was recognized as a “Best Place to Work” by Forbes, Business Insurance and The Boston Globe. Forbes also named Hanover one of “The 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Firms in the U.S.”

From 2001 to 2003, Eppinger was executive vice president of Property and Casualty Field and Service Operations for The Hartford Financial Service Group. From 2000 to 2001, he was executive vice president of industry services, marketing and service operations for ChannelPoint, Inc., a business-to-business technology firm for insurance companies. Eppinger was a senior director and partner at the consulting firm of McKinsey & Co. from 1985 to 2000, where he was a leader in the insurance, financial services and health practices, and worked closely with insurance CEOs.

He began his career as an accountant with Coopers & Lybrand. He is a graduate of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and the College of the Holy Cross.

John L. Killea , Chief Legal Officer
Chief Compliance Officer

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With more than 38 years of legal experience, Killea began his Stewart career in 2000 as counsel in the claims and agency underwriting areas for Stewart Title Insurance Company, Stewart’s New York underwriter. Later, he served as chief claims counsel for Stewart Title Insurance Company and currently serves as its chairman.

In 2008 Killea became general counsel of Stewart Title Guaranty Company, and in April 2012 he was appointed chief legal officer of Stewart Information Services Corporation. In these roles, he oversees the underwriting, claims, litigation and compliance areas of all Stewart entities. He serves on the company’s executive team and is a member of the executive committee of Stewart Title Guaranty Company and Stewart Title Company. Killea is also a member of the board of directors of Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Stewart Title insurance Company and Stewart Title Limited, Stewart’s international underwriter.

Killea has been active in advising on corporate governance; underwriting high-liability multi-state, multi-site commercial transactions, including renewable energy projects and large scale development projects; overseeing Stewart’s Market Conduct Examination team, interfacing with various state departments of insurance; coordinating complex litigation strategy affecting Stewart nationwide and internationally; and overseeing Stewart’s Claims Management team in developing strategy for its most demanding claims both within and outside the U.S.

Killea is a frequent lecturer on the subjects of fraud prevention, compliance and mitigating both litigation and claims risks.

He holds a B.A., cum laude, from Lafayette College and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and has been admitted to practice in the state of New York, as well as United States District Court for both the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

David Hisey, Chief Financial Officer

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David Hisey serves as chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer of Stewart Information Services Corporation. He leads Stewart’s financial organization and strategy, overseeing financial planning and analysis, accounting, treasury and audit functions, as well as investor relations and property management. As CFO, Hisey partners with each area of the business to help with their financial and commercial success, focusing on top-line growth and bottom-line margin enhancement.

Hisey brings to Stewart more than 30 years of financial leadership experience, most recently as senior advisor to the CEO and acting CFO for Prospect Mortgage, LLC. Prior to this position, his roles included executive vice president (EVP) and CFO, as well as chief strategy and external affairs officer and chief of staff for Nationstar Mortgage Holdings, Inc. In addition, Hisey served as EVP and CFO for Fannie Mae and spent 22 years in audit and consulting roles with KPMG LLP/Bearing Point, Inc.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from James Madison University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Brad Rable, Chief Information Officer, Technology and Business Services

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Brad Rable is executive team member responsible for creating Stewart’s digital business strategy, innovation approach, and global information technology. Lead Stewart’s investment and prototype work with blockchain and its potential disruptive use in home buying and title insurance. Responsible for title production operations and value chain digital transformation.

Acted as the Group Senior Vice President for residential operations in the West from October 2016 – June 2017, which included leading a $550M revenue stream, delivering an enterprise approach, and aligning to a “OneStewart” strategy. Achieved profitability, for the first time in over a decade, in Q1 2017.

Delivered the first completely digital residential home closing experience in 2017; now expanded to all states with enabling laws supporting electronic closings. Implemented data analytics and a no-touch solution, enabling our customers and leading to $10M+ annual savings with improved turn times and product quality. Implemented a Security Operations Center that provides data pattern analytics, allowing for real-time analysis and potential cyber threat avoidance.

Emily Kain, Chief Human Resources Officer

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Emily Kain serves as Stewart's chief human resources officer. She is responsible for the people side of the business, focusing on attracting, retaining and engaging associates worldwide.

Emily joined Stewart Title in 2014 as manager of associate onboarding and immediately made a positive impact on the organization by re-engineering the hiring and onboarding processes, the employee referral program and, most recently, the Stewart Celebrates recognition program.

Prior to joining Stewart, Emily held positions in recruiting, staffing and employee development at Deloitte, National Oilwell Varco and BP America in Houston and at IBM in Dubai, UAE.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in accounting, with a concentration in internal audit, from the University of New Orleans. She also completed the Executive Education, Emerging Leaders Program at Rice University in 2011.

Tara Smith , Group President

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Tara Smith serves as group president, responsible for Stewart’s agency operations. In this role, she oversees Stewart’s independent title agency network of Trusted Providers™ and all products and services offered to our agency network.

Tara has been with Stewart since 2013 as a senior member of the Agency Services leadership team. She has used her ability to translate knowledge of the title industry into countless contributions for Agency Services. This includes her development of training and resources, the result of which has allowed her to serve agents as a reliable source when it comes to navigating the changing waters of the title industry. And using her business development and relationship-building expertise, she helps independent agents deliver a better experience to their customers.

Tara’s well-rounded success in the areas of strategy implementation and problem solving led to leadership roles that included the positions of vice president, agency financial director and executive vice president. In these roles she was responsible for overseeing the National Agent Support Team, Stewart Financial Services and Stewart’s Funding and Escrow Services department. Tara was named one of Housing Wire’s 2017 “Women of Influence” for her contributions to the industry.

Prior to joining Stewart, Tara spent 12 years in public accounting working with clients in the financial services and oil and gas industries. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

Steve M. Lessack, Group President

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Steve Lessack serves as group president, international operations and commercial services. In this role, he is responsible for all of Stewart’s U.S. direct operations, foreign title operations and commercial services division. He is also responsible for Stewart’s international offices in Australia, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe and Latin America.