LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 10, 2001--City National Banktoday announced that Cary Walker has been named senior vice presidentand manager of its corporate public relations department.

Walker manages media and investor relations and employeecommunications for City National Bank, the second largest independentbank headquartered in California.

"We are pleased to welcome Cary to the management team at CityNational Bank," said Thom Miller, executive vice president andmarketing director. "Cary combines 17 years of experience in corporateand financial communications with a keen understanding of publicaffairs, and we're counting on him to help our team maintain andenhance City National Bank's position as California's Premier Privateand Business Bank(SM)."

Walker joined City National Bank from the Los Angeles office ofFleishman-Hillard Inc., the world's largest public relations agency.As a senior member of the firm's corporate practice, he provided majorcompanies with strategic advice on media relations, financialcommunications, brand development and crisis management.

Before working at Fleishman-Hillard, Walker was senior vicepresident of corporate public relations at Bank of America. Between1993 and 2000, he counseled bank executives and managed national mediarelations as well as communications related to finance, investorrelations, personnel, litigation and risk management.

From 1991 to 1993, Walker was vice president at Robinson, Lake,Lerer & Montgomery, a Washington, D.C. public relations firm thatspecialized in corporate and financial communications andinternational crisis management.

Walker's experience also includes work for several prominentgovernment agencies and elected leaders. In 1991, he was director ofcommunications and legislative affairs for the Defense Base Closureand Realignment Commission, and before that served as deputy presssecretary in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Between 1984 and 1988, Walker worked in Sacramento, first as amedia spokesman for the California State World Trade Commission, thenas a speech-writer and public relations adviser to then-GovernorGeorge Deukmejian.

Walker, who holds a bachelor's degree in political science fromUCLA, is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute and analumnus of the San Francisco Academy for Public Relations. He also isa past chairman of L.A. Youth, a journalism-related nonprofit forteens in Los Angeles.

About City National

City National Corporation is a publicly owned corporation with$9.1 billion in total assets. Its stock is traded on the New YorkStock Exchange under the symbol "CYN." The corporation's wholly ownedsubsidiary, City National Bank, provides banking, trust and investmentservices through 49 offices in Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange,Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, SantaClara and Ventura counties.

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

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