LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 24, 2001--City National Banktoday announced that Nancy Lawson has been appointed senior vicepresident and manager of the bank's South Bay Private Banking Group,an area that is responsible for the bank's private banking operationsin Long Beach and the South Bay.

"Nancy has achieved an impressive track record during her 23 yearsof banking experience," said Dallas Haun, City National's executivevice president and south coast region manager. "We are extremelypleased to have her on board. She will be a great asset to PrivateBanking and will lead our efforts to serve clients throughout theSouth Bay."

Lawson, who joined City National Bank in September, was previouslywith Citbank/Citigroup for the past 17 years, where she wasresponsible for the organization's Palos Verdes Financial Center.During her leadership, Palos Verdes was named the top-ranked office inCitibank's California and Nevada regions.

Lawson began her banking career with Citibank in 1976 and spent 13years there, before joining First Interstate Bank, in 1989. Shemanaged sales units in Palos Verdes and was responsible for personnel,marketing and business development with both financial institutions.She rejoined Citibank/Citigroup in 1996.

"I'm especially happy to be a part of City National Bank becauseof its quality reputation and its emphasis on developing investmentbusiness," said Lawson. "Because of the diversity and success of itsresidents and the companies that call this area home, the South Bayoffers tremendous opportunities, and I look forward to assisting ourclients meet and exceed their financial goals."

Lawson holds Life and Health insurance and other professionallicenses, and has a professional designation as a systems analyst.

In addition to her professional associations, Lawson is active inher community. She is a member of the Finance Board of St. LawrenceMartyr Parish, and previously served as treasurer of the Palos VerdesChamber of Commerce and the Palos Verdes Rotary Club. She has alsoserved as a board member of the Norris Theatre for the PerformingArts.

About City National

City National Corporation is a publicly owned corporation with$9.8 billion in total assets whose stock is traded on the New YorkStock Exchange under the symbol "CYN." The corporation's wholly ownedsubsidiary, City National Bank, is California's Premier Private andBusiness Bank(SM). City National Bank, which provides banking, trustand investment services, has 49 California offices located in ContraCosta, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, SanFrancisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Ventura counties.

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

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