LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 28, 2001--City National Bank(NYSE:CYN) today announced it has promoted Jeffrey Smith to executivevice president.

Smith is manager of City National's Westside commercial bankingregion, overseeing two private banking groups and one commercialbanking group. He also serves on the bank's executive committee.

The West Los Angeles region is one of the key geographic areasserved by City National Bank, California's Premier Private andBusiness Bank(SM) and the largest independent bank headquartered inSouthern California.

"Jeff has been and will continue to be a driving force in ourbusiness expansion efforts on the Westside," said George Benter,president of City National Bank. "This promotion recognizes Jeff'spast contributions to our success, and acknowledges his critical rolein our ongoing expansion in this important market."

A 28-year professional banker, Smith joined City National in 1991.Prior to joining City National, he served as first vice president andregional manager for Manufacturers Bank, where he was responsible forall aspects of operating a regional banking office including businessdevelopment, customer retention, and credit quality. In addition, heheld management positions at California Federal Savings and Bank ofAmerica.

Smith earned his bachelor of arts in history from the Universityof California at Los Angeles. He is a member of the Beverly HillsChamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of Directors for theUnited Way of Greater Los Angeles, as well as on the Advisory Boardfor the Pico Union Harvest Festival.

About City National

City National Corporation is a publicly owned corporation with$9.1 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, trust and investmentservices, has 48 California offices located throughout Los Angeles,Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, SanMateo, Santa Clara and Ventura counties.

City National Bank and its affiliates, which include City NationalInvestments, the bank's trust and investment division, haveapproximately $18 billion in assets under administration, whichincludes $6.7 billion in assets under management. For more informationabout the corporation visit the company's Web page at cnb.com.

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