LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - City National Bank, California's Premier Private and Business Bank(r), announced today that Ernesto Alvarez has joined the bank as a vice president and private client advisor on the Westside.

Alvarez, who has more than 10 years of experience meeting the financial needs of high-net-worth clients in Southern California, will report to Kevin McCarthy, senior vice president, manager for private client services.

"Ernesto's experience in managing portfolios for affluent clients and providing sound financial advice will help City National Bank continue to grow its private banking business," said McCarthy.

(For an image of Alvarez go to: http://www.cnb.com/images/photos/ernesto-alvarez.jpg)

Prior to joining City National , Alvarez was a senior private banker for the Wealth Management Group at Wells Fargo in Encino, where he served the needs of affluent clients. Before that, Alvarez worked for Bank of America in Pasadena where he served as a private client advisor, managing existing relationships and helping to gain new ones.

Alvarez earned his undergraduate degree in political science, with a concentration in public fiscal administration, from San Jose State University.

He is currently a CIMA Level II candidate administered by The Wharton Executive Education Program at The University of Pennsylvania and currently holds FINRA Series 7, Series 66, Series 65, Series 6, and Series 63 licenses.

He is also an active member of the Investment Management Consultants Association and past member of the Latino Business Association.

About City National

City National Bank is the wholly owned subsidiary of City National Corporation (NYSE:CYN). It is backed by $16.5 billion in total assets, and provides banking, investment and trust services through 62 offices, including 15 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada and New York City. The company and its nine majority-owned investment affiliates manage or administer more than $47.5 billion in client investment assets, including more than $30.8 billion under direct management.

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

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