LOS ANGELES, June 6, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) - City National Bank, California's Premier Private and Business Bank(r), announced today that it has hired Christine Larson as a senior vice president and business development sales manager for California.

In this new role, Larson will manage regional business development teams throughout the state, targeting entrepreneurs, businesses, nonprofits, government entities, investors and their families. She also will direct business outreach and marketing efforts for sales colleagues.

Based at the bank's downtown Los Angeles regional center at City National Plaza, Larson will report to Dallas Haun, executive vice president, California Commercial and Private Banking Services. She also will work closely with Kevin Dunigan, executive vice president, Core Banking.

"Kevin and I are both very happy that Christine has joined the bank in this newly created position," said Haun. "She brings an incredible level of knowledge, experience and expertise, and will help enhance City National's already superior client service and delivery of our growing deposit, credit, cash management, international banking, and investment and trust services."

Larson is a banking veteran with more than 35 years experience. She worked the past 18 months as a senior vice president and Business Banking Group manager for Manufacturers Bank in Los Angeles. She spent 10 years in various sales management, credit and marketing positions at Sanwa Bank and began her career with Crocker Bank, where she worked for 17 years.

She resides in Long Beach, Calif., where she is a member of the board of trustees of St. Anne's, a residential facility that provides housing and services for pregnant and parenting teenagers.

A photo of Larson is available upon request.

About City National

City National Bank is the wholly owned subsidiary of City National Corporation (NYSE:CYN). It is backed by $15.3 billion in total assets, and provides banking, investment and trust services through 62 offices, including 15 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada and New York City.

The company and its nine majority-owned investment affiliates manage or administer more than $55 billion in client investment assets, including $34.6 billion under direct management.

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

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