ONTARIO, CA - City National Bank, the second largest independent bank headquartered in California, announced today that Bill Nietschmann joined its Inland Empire Commercial Banking Services team as senior vice president and manager for the Commercial Banking group in Ontario, Calif.

Nietschmann, who most recently was an area executive with Washington Mutual Bank, will report to Dallas Haun, executive vice president and manager of City National's South Coast/Inland Empire Region. Nietschmann will lead a team of commercial banking professionals serving the credit and banking needs of middle-market companies in San Bernardino County and eastern San Gabriel Valley.

"We're extremely pleased that Bill has joined City National," Haun said. "He brings with him a wealth of commercial and middle market experience and expertise. He's extremely familiar with the marketplace, the drivers of the market and economy, and the companies that are a part of that economic engine. That knowledge - combined with City National's extensive capabilities - is going to be a big asset to the clients we serve."

Nietschmann began his banking career with Bank of America in 1975. He has served the commercial banking needs of the Inland Empire since 1990 as Inland Empire Commercial Banking Manager until 1999, and then as Inland Empire Regional Vice President and Marketing Manager until 2003. Most recently, Nietschmann was based in Ontario as an area executive with Washington Mutual.

He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Southern California and a graduate degree from the Southwest Graduate School of Banking. He is active in civic affairs as a member of the University of California, Riverside Foundation board, California State University, San Bernardino Center for Entrepreneurship, Inland Empire Economic Partnership board and the Children's Fund of San Bernardino board.

About City National

City National Corporation (NYSE: CYN) is a financial services company with $13.5 billion in total assets. Its wholly owned subsidiary, City National Bank, is California's Premier Private and Business Bank , providing banking, investment and trust services through 52 offices, including 12 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. The company and its affiliates manage or administer nearly $32 billion of client trust and investment assets.

For more information about City National, visit the company's Website at cnb.com.