Yeager to Retire From Old Republic

May 2, 2023

Rande Yeager will retire as executive chairman of Old Republic National Title Holding Co. effective June 30.

Yeager joined Old Republic Title in 1987 after spending 12 years with Ticor Title in Denver.

Old Republic extended heartfelt appreciation to Yeager for his exceptional leadership and unwavering dedication to the company and its associates.

"Rande's 48-year career in the title insurance industry has been marked by exemplary leadership, strategic vision, and a relentless commitment to advancing the title insurance industry,” said Craig Smiddy, president and CEO of Old Republic International. “He has spearheaded initiatives that promoted innovation and engaged in advocacy efforts to reinforce the industry's reputation. His ability to adapt, innovate and make strategic decisions to sustain the company's growth and success over such a long period is commendable. He has led by inspiring, mentoring, and motivating Old Republic's associates, while building enduring relationships with customers and agency partners."

Yeager served as ALTA's 2005-06 president. In November 2014, ALTA awarded Yeager an Honorary Membership. During his presidency, Yeager testified on behalf of the industry. The U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee held hearings on the Title Insurance Marketplace following the release of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) study. Yeager provided ALTA’s perspective on the perceived need to create more competition in the industry and increased efficiency for consumers.

ALTA Past President Anne Anastasi CLTP, NTP, first vice president for Old Republic Title, said Yeager’s respect for the title industry is only surpassed by the respect that the title industry has for him.

“He is equally loved on Wall Street and Main Street, but more importantly, he is respected by both,” Anastasi said. “Rande’s integrity, fairness and kindness are unsurpassed in our industry, and we are so very fortunate to have had him as a leader, our champion and our friend these many years. Congratulations, Rande, you will be missed.”

Cara Detring, also a past ALTA president, served on ALTA's Board of Governors with Yeager. She described him as a strong ALTA supporter.

"Rande took time to weigh all issues from both the agent and underwriter points of view," said Detring, who is president of Preferred Land Title in Missouri. "I always appreciated his calm demeanor and thoughtful approach to issues confronting our industry.  As friends, we enjoy getting together with Rande and (his wife) Wendy when our paths cross. The relationships that are formed within ALTA are gifts for which Terry (Detring's husband) and I are thankful."

Mark Bilbrey, who retired as chief executive officer of Old Republic National Title Insurance Co. in January, worked with Yeager for more than 15 years. 

"Rande has the very rare gift of leadership, wisdom, passion and humility," said Bilbrey, who served as ALTA's president the year before Yeager. "He is the most generous and thoughtful person I have ever known. Rande not only knows the financials, analytics and statistical side of our industry, but he also understands the value of relationships with our agents, customers and employees. I am blessed to have had him as my mentor and boss, but more importantly forever as my friend."

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