SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 15, 2000--City National Bank (NYSE:CYN) today announced the appointment of Deborah Huffman to senior vice president and manager of Private Banking in San Diego.

Huffman, a 28-year veteran of the financial services industry, will manage City National's highly successful private banking team based in downtown San Diego's Symphony Tower. The team serves the asset management and credit needs of some of the region's most affluent individuals and successful entrepreneurs.

"Deborah's extensive experience in the financial services industry and her passion for providing extraordinary client service made her the perfect choice to head our San Diego private banking team," said Dallas Haun, executive vice president and regional manager. "Deborah has maintained a long-term commitment to San Diego and is actively involved in key organizations benefiting the area."

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.

Most recently, Huffman was vice president of Private Banking for Northern Trust Bank in San Diego. She also has held key positions at Chase Manhattan Bank, Bank of the West and California First Bank, among others.

Huffman, a San Diego County resident for more than 30 years, lives in Carlsbad and is an active member of the greater San Diego community. She has been Chair of the Metro Wastewater Projects Oversight Committee since its inception eight years ago and serves on the Finance Committee for the Neighborhood Housing Services of San Diego. Huffman also served on the Metropolitan Sewer Task Force for the City of San Diego and as chair of the City of San Diego Funds Commission.

In addition to her professional activities, Huffman is an instructor for the American Red Cross, works on Ski Patrol and is a certified Dive Master.

About City National

City National Corporation 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 corporation'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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