IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 21, 2000--City National Bank (NYSE:CYN) today announced the appointment of Carol Stewart to vice president/relationship manager for the bank's Orange County Private Banking Team.

Stewart, who came from California Bank and Trust, will be responsible for portfolio management and new business development. With more than 20 years' experience in private banking, Stewart has served the asset management and credit needs of some of Orange County's most affluent individuals. She also has an impressive track record of banking many of Orange County's most prominent law firms. Her previous experience includes positions at California Bank and Trust, Union Bank of California, Wells Fargo Bank and Bank of America.

"Carol's extensive financial services background, skill at cultivating new business and reputation for providing outstanding client service will make her an invaluable addition to our Orange County private banking team," said Dallas Haun, executive vice president and regional manager.

City National Bank has been offering premier private banking-related services to affluent and successful individuals since the institution's inception. City National's reputation was built on providing highly personalized, relationship-oriented banking services and products. In recent years, as the term "private banking" caught on, City National formed Private Banking Teams in Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles counties and, most recently, in San Francisco.

Stewart, a Southern California native, resides in Orange County with her husband and daughter, where she is actively involved in community organizations. She has been a member of the Business Partnership of Opera Pacific in Orange County for 10 years. In addition, she serves on the major gifts committee for the March of Dimes.

"I know the bank is very committed to the community and to supporting the work of many nonprofit organizations, so I am looking forward to getting more involved with the women-in-business programs and nonprofit boards with which City National is affiliated," said Stewart.

About City National

City National Corp. is a publicly owned corporation, with $8.7 billion in total assets, whose stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CYN. The corporations's wholly owned subsidiary, City National Bank, is California's premier business and private bank, with 50 offices in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, San Diego, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. In addition, the bank's trust and investment division, City National Investments, has $15.5 billion in assets under management or administration.

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