Four seasoned bankers bring nearly eight decades of combined banking experience and premium wine industry expertise

SAN FRANCISCO - City National Bank announced today that four experienced Bay Area bankers have joined its San Francisco Regional Center to form a new team dedicated to serving the needs of small and middle-market companies in San Francisco and the North Bay, as well as the region's premium wine industry.

City National's San Francisco/North Bay Commercial Banking Services team will be headed by Senior Vice President and Team Manager Mark Brody, who most recently was an area executive for the Greater Bay Area with Washington Mutual in Oakland.

John Brennan, also from Washington Mutual's Oakland office, and Debbie Watson and Katherine Westfall, both previously with Bank of the West, have joined City National with the title of vice president and relationship manager. They will work with Brody to deliver the bank's broad array of financial services to middle-market companies in San Francisco and Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties.

"We're extremely pleased to have these outstanding professionals join City National," said Bob Brant, executive vice president and Northern California Region manager. "Together, they bring nearly eight decades of experience serving the financial needs of Bay Area middle-market companies and a strong expertise in the North Coast premium wine industry. City National looks forward to delivering its focused, high-quality service and extensive capabilities to this significant industry segment."

Brody has 22 years' experience serving mid-sized businesses in the Bay Area, having also worked for Sanwa Bank California (now Bank of the West) and Bank of America. Prior to joining Washington Mutual earlier this year, he was a principal in the Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Wine Industry Advisory Group and chief executive officer of Cline Cellars, Inc. in Sonoma. Brody holds a master's degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor's degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif. Brody, his wife, Mary, and their daughter reside in Walnut Creek.

Brennan began his banking career in 1965. Prior to joining Washington Mutual as a vice president and senior relationship manager in 2002, he was with Lloyd's Bank (later Sanwa Bank California) for 21 years, serving in various positions within its commercial banking and private banking groups. Brennan studied economics at the University of San Francisco. He and his wife, Kathleen, reside in Walnut Creek. They have three children.

Watson has more than a decade of experience in the financial services industry, beginning her career with Wells Fargo Bank in 1993. She joined Bank of the West's San Francisco office as a vice president and relationship manager in 2002 and moved to its Napa, Calif. office the following year as a specialist in the wine industry. Watson graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor's degree in international business.

Westfall has been in the banking industry since 1996, when she joined Wells Fargo Bank as a relationship manager. Four years later, she moved to Bank of the West's San Francisco office as a vice president and relationship manager and later joined Watson at its Napa office specializing in the wine industry.

Watson, who resides in Napa, and Westfall, a San Francisco resident, both serve as board members and co-secretaries for Women for Winesense and help coordinate ZAP's annual auction and Zinfandel Festival.

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 the second largest independent bank headquartered in California. As California's Premier Private and Business Bank, City National provides 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.

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